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34 - Self-Image, Parenting, & Learning to Love Ourselves As We Are (feat. Hillary McBride)

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This week I talk with therapist, author, & new co-host of The Liturgists, Hillary McBride. We talk about self-image, creating a new narrative for ourselves and the generations after us, how parenting just needs to be 'good enough', and tons more.

Other things we mention:
- Episode 32 of CXMH featuring Aundi Kolber.
- The Liturgists episode on Embodiment (we don't actually mention this, but you should check it out.)
- the APA task force on the sexualization of girls

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Connect with Hillary on her websiteTwitter, Instagram or listen to The Liturgists. Buy Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are on Amazon. You can also preorder Hillary's new textbook Embodiment and Eating Disorders: Theory, Research, Prevention and Treatment on Amazon.

- "We know from the empirical evidence that between 85 and 90 percent of women are totally dissatisfied with their appearance, with their body, with their sense of self." (tweet
- "A person is in the minority if they like themselves, if they like their body." (tweet)
- "I've had so much suffering in my experience with being alive and with my body and I want to live my life in such a way that I can shape the story, that I can help people not hurt the way that I've hurt, and that I know that I can turn the pain that I've been through into something beautiful in my own life and into other people's lives." (tweet)
- "Pain doesn't get the final word. Suffering doesn't get the final word. Beauty & growth & thriving does." (tweet)
- "We come from people and we're going towards people. We're part of a collective that's on a journey that extends way beyond the sense of individuality we have." (tweet
- "Sometimes we think about our lives from such an individualistic perspective that we miss the larger story which is that we belong to each other." (tweet)
- "There is something that can move your kids forward, even if you're not perfect." (tweet)
- "It's ok to make mistakes. It's how you respond to those mistakes that makes the difference." (tweet)
- "There is no version of being a parent that is healthy, that helps your kids thrive, that is perfect." (tweet)
- "The overwhelming majority of people, after looking at print media, feel really crappy about their body." (tweet)
- “Having a sense of connection to the divine, to a God who is bigger than us and even bigger than our rules and a God who is loving and compassionate…that can help us feel like we have goodness in us, even when the world around us has told us we don’t.” (tweet)
- “Surrounding yourself with people who love you and support a vision of humanness that is gracious & loving & accepting is important.” (tweet)
- “There is so much more to who you are than your suffering, than your appearance.” (tweet)
- “If you’re suffering, if you’re in pain: that doesn’t make you less lovable.” (tweet)

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Intro/Outro music for this episode is Fall Down by Rivers & Robots.