How to Promote a Positive Body Image for Overall Health of your Child
In school they teach arithmetic, social sciences, languages and such subjects. As such, you do not expect the teachers at school to promote a positive body image to your kids, now do you? The media perpetuates specific norms that may have negative effects on a kid who has self-image and self-esteem issues, hence the reason why you need to take control as a parent and instill lifetime values.
This becomes worse when they start interacting with their peers, and the pressure becomes too much to look a certain way to fit societal standards. Probably you are beating yourself up thinking of how to work this around and have a self-confident kid who becomes a responsible adult, right? For starters, how about you engage your child in all the plans you are making? Gone are the days you will shove a green smoothie down the throat of your teenage daughter or force them to eat vegetables and fruits and dish the Mc. Donald’s.
You will, however, succeed when you set easily achievable goals and ensure you celebrate each milestone your child makes to achieve the set goals. At the very least, you can rest assured to create a bond and connect with your kid as you go through healthy life choices together. Change begins with you and how you speak; if you keep on criticizing how you look or how other people look, you can bet your children will mirror the same thinking. Being a window through which your child perceives the society, you want to be the window that reflects positivity.
Further, you want to make your meal times as a constructive experience geared towards nourishing the body and soul which you can do by ensuring you are not using food as a punishment or reward. It is also your responsibility to have discussions centered about body types, body sizes, body weight and the influence that the media has on insecurities focused on the body. You might also want to take exercise as a family responsibility and not lay the entire weight on your child who has body image issues.
Should you feel that your child needs external intervention in promoting a healthy body image, you can always consult a professional. It’s easier to address an issue as soon as it arises rather than waiting for a long time. This is because issues that are addressed on time will always end up resolved much faster.