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? It is the role of a parent to help their children establish a healthy body image from a very tender age.
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? First and foremost, you will only be successful when you involve your child in everything that you plan for them. You will not succeed when you decide to force your child to eat fruits and vegetables and take those smoothies at the expense of eating Mc. Donald fries.
Your best bet would be to set achievable goals together and work around them celebrating each milestone of the way. 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. Still on point, how about you watch out for your words and actions revolving around your body or that of other people around you? You should know by now that you as a parent are the first and most influential mirror through which they see the world; hence you have to reflect a positive image.
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.