Does this sound familiar?
As they grow, you want your kids to feel great about their body, take pride in their appearance, and enjoy healthy self-esteem.
But you feel overwhelmed.
You feel overwhelmed because you don’t know how to help your child develop a positive body image when you’ve never quite mastered it yourself. You don’t know how to help them grow self-esteem when society is doing its damnedest to ensure otherwise.
So, you feel powerless. And you don’t know where to begin.
And it gets worse.
Because deep down, you believe your own fears about your body are true.
You believe you are in fact too large, too tall, too saggy, or any other number of meaningless ‘too’s’. You believe, as you have for a very long time, that your body should be better.
So, you put the issue of your child’s body image to one side.
You sit back, continue to think badly about your own body, and hope like hell it doesn’t rub off on your child. Sure, you make every effort to tell them they’re beautiful, but you can’t quite believe the same thing of yourself.
The trouble is, while you sit back, others are eager to take up the slack.
Televisions shout, billboards scream, and peers rudely whisper, until your precious child finally internalizes the message – “You are not good enough.”
If this sounds familiar, take a deep breath.
The truth is you have far more power to boost your child’s body image than you may think.