Jenna Bush Hager Tells How Her Parents Gave Her a Body Positive Message

Jenna Bush Hager Tells How Her Parents Gave Her a Body Positive Message June 2, 2017
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush pose with daughters Jenna and Barbara Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, prior to the wedding of Jenna and Henry Hager. White House photo by Shealah Craighead
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush pose with daughters Jenna and Barbara Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, prior to the wedding of Jenna and Henry Hager. White House photo by Shealah Craighead

This is soooooo sweet. Former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager wrote a letter to her two daughters, which begins:

“To my darling girls: Mila and Poppy, when I’m on the road, traveling away from you, I compulsively scroll through photos of you on my phone. I look at your eyes bright, your smiles wide, your skin pure. I have never seen anything more beautiful than the two of you.”

She then goes on to explain how sometimes the world tries to take away the joy in life – and that almost always ends up with people comparing themselves to others.  Jenna told a story about how her boyfriend dumped her after a swim date.  Ouch.

But her parents — George W. and Laura — always reminded her of her worth:

My parents — your Jefe and Grammee — told me that I was smart and kind and pretty. They told me that I was enough. I didn’t always believe them when they said I was beautiful. But, my darlings, I was lucky because even though your grandparents encouraged me to like what I see, they emphasized that I should like how I think, how I care and how I make those around me feel. They taught me that who I am is more important than how I look. And that if I radiate love, kindness and empathy, I can bring some light to this dark world (and isn’t that better than being a size zero?).

I love it!


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