"My nose is too big", or too small, or pointy, or wide, or perhaps you are speaking of your bottom instead.
"If only I was taller"...thinner, shorter, braver, athletic, more muscular.
"My hair is so flat and straight",...or too curly, thin, dark, gray, thick, unmanageable, or missing.
"I am so curvy", or perhaps flat as a pancake.
We all do it. We all pick on ourselves. When I get critical of myself my husband will speak up:
"Stop talking about my wife like that".
Who am I to question what God has designed? I am beautifully and wonderfully made. He saw me being knit together in my mothers womb. Why would I disagree with what he created?
Society, that's why.
We are told what is beautiful, what is acceptable, and what "normal" looks like. We are taught to ridicule and then "fix" what is perceived as wrong. What is hip, cool and acceptable changes with each society and era in time. This issue goes deeper than our own self image, or our questioning what God designed. We affect our children and their sense of self. They listen so carefully, and then look at themselves with the critical eye you are using to critique yourself. They may turn that on friends as well. Fourth graders shouldn't be dieting and speaking of their first cosmetic surgery, yet they are. Sixteen year old are receiving nose jobs, and breast enhancements instead of cars (or a simple pool party with friends) for their birthdays. What parent looked at them and said "You're right, you do need surgery to be pretty"?!
A children's book exists that is written about mommy getting plastic surgery to finally be pretty, what's wrong here?
Please remember, those sturdy legs you have? Your precious daughter might have them too, and she is listening. Your ruddy skin...your son can hear you and has the same skin tone.
Change your language, give yourself a break, and impact your child for the better...