My Daughter's Weight

May 17, 2016

My Daughter’s Weight






Now Trending




follow @sheisfiercehq

Get inspired by our founder and team and our network of mentors and coaches around the world!

Do you have something to share that could help lift up other women?  Let us know!


The next well-intentioned asshole who comments on my daughter’s weight is going to get a well-intentioned punch in the face.


My Daughter's Weight


An Early Start

It started when my daughter was about 18 months old- strangers, acquaintances and even family members would stop to kindly let me know that I “had no need to worry, she will surely lose that baby fat.”  I wasn’t worried.

By the time we hit her two year checkup, our doctor was assuring me that I had no reason to be concerned about her weight or put her on a diet.  Not because I had asked, and not because our doctor is an asshole, but because as a family practitioner, he had seen too many parents concerned enough that their baby or toddler was in the 90th percentile in weight that  they wanted to start restricting calories.  It’s not surprising that eating disorders affect girls at an alarmingly young age.

In our case, I feel like a lot of this feedback is based on the assumption that since I am thin, it must be a priority for me that my daughter is as well.  It’s not.  I give not one single shit about her weight.  Her health and happiness?  Of course.  The size of her thighs?  Not a flying f**k.  It should also be noted that I have been all sorts of weights and all sorts of happy at each of those weights.


My Daughter's Weight

This is Stella, not giving a shit what you think of her weight


More Than a Number

Anyone who knows Stella will tell you that she is funny, smart, and kind, that her laughter fills a room.  She is gorgeous, both outside and in.  She is also extremely selective about the people she gives her time and energy to, or even her eye contact for that matter.  You have to work, and occasionally buy, Stella’s attention.  She’s basically the mean girl from middle school.  This used to bother me, but over time, I’ve come to see it as a good thing, particularly since the world is full of assholes who make disparaging comments about a toddler’s weight.

The comments have subsided since Stella has “thinned out” (not my words), but she’ll probably always be at the top of her height and weight range. The good news is that, at four, Stella also does not give one flying f**k what you think about her body shape or size; she has never considered that her weight has an impact on her worth as a person or her value as her mother’s daughter.  And if we can accomplish anything as her parents, it will be to make damn sure she never does.  Until then, mouths shut or dukes up a-holes.


Kelly Bay

Kelly Bay is a business owner, wife, mom, writer, and general all around boss lady.  She  has never actually punched anyone in the face.  Read more of her thoughts on parenting, raising strong girls, mindfulness and finding joy in a chaotic life at

The comments +

  1. Diane Noonan says:

    Kelly, I’m so happy to see you are writing again! Or maybe I have been missing this blog? Love your style, your timely topics, and your approach to life:)

  2. Ruth Brown says:

    Oh my goodness Kelly, I just love that you say what we all feel! Keep on writing, you are blessed!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Passion & Purpose 

You're a VIP...
Get Event Invites First!

Personal Branding Roadmap




"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

new to she is fierce? 

We've got you covered!
here are a few ways you can get started...

My Daughter's Weight
My Daughter’s Weight

most popular

"It's Not About Perfect" with 7-time Olympic Champion Shannon Miller

"Fierce Conversations" with Susan Scott, Bestselling Author + Founder, Fierce Inc.

"Embracing your PowerHERful" with Soledad O'Brien, Documentarian + Entrepreneur

"A Culture of Leadership" with Letti Bozard, Bozard Ford Lincoln

"Organizing Your Life" with Dawn Falcone, the Chaos Liberator"


Get a special delivery each week with inspiration, inspiring profiles, free resources to help you up-level your life!

Jump in!