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5 Ways to Teach Your Daughter About Healthy Weight & Body Image

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If you are a parent and hope to encourage a healthy weight and positive body image in your daughter, there are many other ways to do so that won’t lead to unintended negative affects later in life. Take a look at the slideshow that suggest 5 positive ways to teach your daughter about healthy weight and body image.

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5 Ways to Teach Your Daughter About Healthy Weight & Body Image

  1. 1. HEALTHY WEIGHT & BODY IMAGE 5W A Y S To Teach Your Daughter About
  2. 2. “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – William Shakespeare
  3. 3. G i r l s a r e a l r e a d y h e a r i n g a l o t o f c o m m e n t s o n t h e i r p h y s i c a l a p p e a r a n c e f r o m o u t s i d e s o u r c e s . I n s t e a d , t r y t o f o c u s o n h e r p e r s o n a l i t y , t a l e n t s , a n d s k i l l s . I n s t e a d o f s a y i n g " Y o u l o o k p r e t t y , " t r y t h e s e : " Y o u ' r e s o k i n d . " " Y o u ' r e s o s m a r t . " " I ' m p r o u d o f h o w p a t i e n t y o u w e r e t o d a y . " " T h a n k y o u f o r b e i n g s o h e l p f u l a n d c o n s i d e r a t e . " " Y o u a r e g r e a t a t m a t h . " Compliment her on who she is, not what she looks like 1 www.blog.robard.com
  4. 4. Challenge negative body messaging on TV and in media. 2 www.blog.robard.com T V a n d m e d i a a r e c o n s t a n t l y t e l l i n g g i r l s t h e y ' r e t o o s k i n n y o r t o o f a t , o r n e e d t h i s k i n d o f m a k e u p , o r t h e s e k i n d s o f c l o t h e s . W h e n y o u a r e w a t c h i n g t h e s e k i n d s o f t h i n g s , c o m m e n t o n h o w b e i n g h e a l t h y i s m o r e i m p o r t a n t t h a n b e i n g a c e r t a i n s i z e , o r t h a t w o m e n a r e b e a u t i f u l r e g a r d l e s s o f w h a t b r a n d s t h e y w e a r . N e v e r t a l k n e g a t i v e l y a b o u t t h e a p p e a r a n c e o f o t h e r w o m e n i n m e d i a . E v e n i f y o u d o n ' t s a y i t d i r e c t l y t o h e r , s h e ' s l i s t e n i n g .
  5. 5. Give her options in food and meal choices and make healthy options fun and appealing 3 www.blog.robard.com L e t t i n g c h i l d r e n m a k e c h o i c e s f o r t h e m s e l v e s m a k e s t h e m f e e l e m p o w e r e d a n d i n v o l v e d , m a k i n g t h e m m o r e l i k e l y t o c r e a t e l o n g - l a s t i n g b e h a v i o r s . H a v e y o u r d a u g h t e r m a k e h e a l t h y s n a c k s a n d m e a l s w i t h y o u a s s o m e t h i n g f u n y o u c a n d o t o g e t h e r , a n d i n c o r p o r a t e h e r f a v o r i t e f r u i t s . D o n ' t b e a f r a i d t o a s k h e r w h a t s h e w a n t s . . . " D o y o u w a n t r a s p b e r r i e s o r s t r a w b e r r i e s i n y o u r y o g u r t ? " T a k e c a r e n o t t o b e c o m p l e t e l y r e s t r i c t i v e o f f o o d e i t h e r . . . a l i t t l e i c e c r e a m o r f r o z e n y o g u r t o n t h e w e e k e n d d o e s n ' t h u r t .
  6. 6. Be active with her, and involve the whole family. 4 www.blog.robard.com M a k e t i m e t o b e o u t s i d e a n d g e t p h y s i c a l a c t i v i t y a n d f r e s h a i r w i t h y o u r d a u g h t e r . G o o n b i k e r i d e s , i n c l u d e h e r i n y o u r g a r d e n i n g , p l a y h e r f a v o r i t e s p o r t , m a k e s a n d c a s t l e s o n t h e b e a c h . O v e r t i m e , s h e ' l l a s s o c i a t e b e i n g p h y s i c a l l y a c t i v e w i t h h a p p y m e m o r i e s w i t h y o u . T h e s e p o s i t i v e a s s o c i a t i o n s w i l l m a k e h e r m o r e l i k e l y t o c o n t i n u e i n c o r p o r a t i n g p h y s i c a l a c t i v i t y i n t o h e r l i f e a s a n a d u l t .
  7. 7. Watch your own negative self talk. Lead by example. 5 www.blog.robard.com B e m i n d f u l t h a t y o u m a y b e d e a l i n g w i t h y o u r o w n e x p e r i e n c e s a n d n e g a t i v e p e r s p e c t i v e s o n b o d y i m a g e . B e i n t r o s p e c t i v e a b o u t h o w y o u f e e l a b o u t y o u r o w n w e i g h t a n d b o d y i m a g e a n d w o r k t o t h i n k p o s i t i v e l y a b o u t y o u r s e l f . T r y n o t t o t a l k n e g a t i v e l y a b o u t y o u r s e l f , a n d t o w o r k t o w a r d b e i n g h e a l t h i e r . A s h e r p a r e n t , y o u a r e o n e o f y o u r d a u g h t e r ' s g r e a t e s t r o l e m o d e l s . . . a n d s h e ' s w a t c h i n g . S h o w h e r w h a t e m p o w e r e d a n d h e a l t h y l o o k s l i k e t h r o u g h y o u r e x a m p l e . N e e d s o m e m o t i v a t i o n ? C h e c k o u t o u r p a s t s l i d e s h o w o f p o s i t i v e b o d y a f f i r m a t i o n s t o g e t y o u s t a r t e d .
  8. 8. Quotes to inspire your little girl... “Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear.” – Taylor Swift “I think beauty come from knowing who you actually are. That’s real beauty to me.” – Ellen DeGeneres “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”  –Melissa Etheridge “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ​–Emma Stone “Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind.” –Dr. Seusswww.blog.robard.com
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