A lot as been said about being a good role model for your kiddos. I have to admit I look more at the advice for women because well, I am female. So apologies up front for the lack of info for you non-lady parents out there.
I'd had a chat a couple weeks ago with my sister about body image, that scourge of most American women's teenage years. I feel like most girls leave their US high school (if not already in middle school) with deep insecurities and downright feelings of shame for how they look. Later on in life, you come to realize that no one gives a crap about all the tiny little things you have been obsessing about for years and that you look totally normal. Guess what, most of us look average because that's why it's called the average! You're not below, and probably you're above in some areas. But our chat was more focused on trying to rid ourselves of the last vestiges of these ghosts, for the sake of our children. Especially for our children. When I found Squiddo was a Squidette (and is now a Munchkin), these concerns reverberated through my mind so often I felt like I was reliving high school sometimes. But both my sister and I have come a long way and now we make a conscious effort to exorcise those last demons.
When I saw this report, then, I felt further vindication. I have maybe gone too far in the extreme, as I often proclaim mommy's status as near-demi-god in most ways. But while I sometimes joke, I do take it deadly seriously. Especially in career, your confidence is the thing that will carry you when other things (like knowledge, lol) are lacking. I know my children will have their own challenges in life, and I hope I can make this not one of them.