I'm not sure I ever really pictured my husband as a dad to a little girl, but when it happened I swear I experienced all the emoji feels all at once. He was so sweet to her from the moment he met her, and proud of her and how brave she had been during her rocky road entry into our world. As she's grown, I've been so impressed with how he's started to build her up, essentially showing me all the ways dads can teach body positivity to their daughters in a very natural, seamless, and consistent way.
My partner and I have had numerous conversations in the last two years as parents and since adopting our daughter, most of them about what we want to teach her and how we want to encourage her in everything she does. We've talked about why consent is so important, and how both of us can help her understand her right to complete autonomy over her own body.
As our daughter grows, what my partner and I, as her parents, need to do to help her stay confident and positive about her body will undoubtably change as she does. For now, with a 2-year-old toddler, those things are minimal, but that doesn't negate their importance. I know it's going to be critical for my partner and I to keep having conversations, and for my partner to continue to teach our daughter body positivity as she grows by doing what every dad should do: