5 Top Tips for Raising Kids with a Positive Body Image
In a world full of Kardashians and media saturated with photoshopped images the task of raising kids with a positive body image sounds like no mean feat. Society has some pretty rigid rules on beauty and the ideal body shape and size which, for most people, is unattainable. I read some horrifying statistics on the number of teenage girls self-harming, in part thought to be due to worries about body image and social media.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t have the most positive body image myself, but I’m working on it. The thought that my daughter may grow up in a world where girls resort to self-harming because of the pressure to look good shakes me to my very core.
So, I thought I’d write down a few suggestions for raising kids with a positive body image.
Tips for Raising Kids with a Positive Body Image
- Learn to love your own body
For me this is a no-brainer. How can you raise kids with a positive body image if you don’t have one yourself? At the very least try not to criticise your body in front of your kids.
- Do not criticise your child’s body
Another no-brainer for me; you can’t expect your child to feel comfortable in their own body if you are openly negative about it.
- Encourage kids to exercise
Try to get kids to exercise to keep healthy but also because they enjoy it. Help them find a sport or an activity that they like doing so that exercise isn’t a chore.
- Talk to your kids about the photoshopping of images in media
In this day and age this is really important. Kids should know that what they are shown in the media isn’t real. They need to know that what they aspire to look like is fake and so they shouldn’t compare themselves to celebrities.
- Looks aren’t everything
Every child should know that they are beautiful, but try not to put a big emphasis on looks, especially with girls. Praise them for their other attributes – intelligence, persistence and kindness.
So there you have it, my 5 top tips for raising kids with a positive body image. What do you think about this list? Are there any more you’d like to add to this list? Let me know in the comments.
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