How to love your belly again like a three-year-old

My three-year-old son ZJ stops in front of the mirror every day to admire his belly. At his age, it’s round and smooth like a watermelon, topped with a little belly button.

Boy, is he proud of his belly!

He celebrates it. He marches down the hall with his belly leading the way.

He laughs at it and rubs it like Aladdin’s lamp, waiting for a genie to pop out.

He looks at it with an awe that I have long lost.

What would happen if we looked at our bellies in the mirror today and felt wonder and awe, no matter what our stomachs looked like? Just like a 3-year-old

Somewhere along the way of life, many of us fall out of love with our bellies.

We stopped calling them bellies and they became stomachs. The word stomach feels more clinical and functional.

Some people work very hard to have six-pack abs. Other people, like me, don’t love my stomach but tolerate it.

No matter what we think of our bellies, they’ve probably lost some of their magic over the years.

But what if we started to celebrate our bellies again?

I forgot how important bellies are in our lives. They are the center of us with so much to give:

  • Our bellies process the nutrition we get from the world, whether it be food or something more substantial like Love.
  • They give us warmth and comfort.
  • They are fun to contort.
  • They let us know is something is wrong when you get that gut feeling.
  • They also let us know when something is right.
  • They let us know when we are in love, and when it’s time to move on.
  • Most importantly, they provide a safe place for our babies to grow until they are ready to be birthed and join us in this world.

What would happen if we all looked at our bellies in the mirror today and felt wonder and awe no matter what state our stomachs are in?

Or we put on a proud grin every time we saw ourselves, knowing how strong our bellies truly are.

What would happen if we celebrated our bellies?

I am not sure how this practice impacts adults, but it obviously makes my son extremely happy.

I want that same smile he wears when he admires his belly in the mirror.

My guess is the more we love our bellies, the more we will care for them through better food and movement. And we will feel better.

For the next week, I will actively love my belly and see what happens. Feel free to join me.

I suspect amazing things will happen.

What would happen if we looked at our bellies in the mirror today and felt wonder and awe, no matter what our stomachs looked like? Just like a 3-year-old


  • Lisa September 29, 2016 at 9:08 am

    This was very relevant for me right now! I just had a baby a couple weeks ago, and I’m having a hard time loving my belly. 🙂 But you’re right – I should appreciate the fact that it provided a safe space to grow my precious babies. Thank you for the encouragement!

    • Debbie September 29, 2016 at 9:53 am

      It’s so hard to love our bellies at least the first 6 months after having a baby! They are beautiful creatures but they sure do something to our bodies. Congrats on your little one. 🙂

  • Ashley Markwood September 29, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Oh my gosh!!! This is the cutest post – love it!

    • Debbie September 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Thank you!!!

  • Belle September 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Very timely post. I’ve lost all the baby weight but still need to tone my stomach.

    One Awesome Momma

  • Mary Barham September 29, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    haha i love this!!! you are so right…. I HATE my belly and always have…but why waste time hating it?? when it does serve a lot of purpose!!

    • Debbie September 30, 2016 at 8:07 am

      That’s what I’ve been thinking. A lot of time wasted hating my belly! Definitely not worth it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad September 30, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Haha love this!! He is so cute :)!! And you´re so right, we should definitely look at ourselves like that as well 🙂

    • Debbie September 30, 2016 at 8:07 am


  • Bernice September 30, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I love this post and could not agree more! I wish I loved my belly as much as my toddler, although if I did I probably won’t proudly show it to everyone like he does. 🙂

    • Debbie September 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Yes — I don’t think I could proudly show my belly like that either! But it’s so cute!

  • Susan @ Culinary Envy September 30, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I love a challenge. I’m in! I will love my belly for the next week also! Too cute about your son!

    • Debbie September 30, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Great! I need more people to join in!

  • Kari @The He Said She Said Experience September 30, 2016 at 11:25 am

    What a lovely way to think about loving your self! The abandon with which children love things is admirable.

  • Shannan Panganiban September 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    SUCH a good post!! And yes, babies DO love those bellies!

    • Debbie September 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you! And yes, I haven’t met a baby who didn’t love her belly!

  • Ruth October 2, 2016 at 10:39 am

    This is such a sweet post 🙂 Even though I’m not a mother, this post is definitely an encouraging read for all ages and both men and women. And what a cute little one!


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