I recently wrote an article for Produce for Kids about how to help kids feel good about their bodies. This topic seems particularly important as we are in the middle of swimsuit season, with back-to-school only a few weeks away in many parts of the country. These times of the year are ripe for comparing our looks and physical abilities to others.
It’s hard to believe, but kids as young as 4 and 5 can struggle with body image. And it’s not something that affects only girls! We are discovering that boys often struggle with body image too, and that they are just as vulnerable to negative messages (from the media, peers and caregivers) as girls.
The great thing is that parents, caregivers and teachers can have a huge positive impact on how kids feel about their bodies. Here’s one of the tips I offer in the article:
Respect our own bodies. Kids notice everything we do – and don’t do. Take care to treat your own body with respect by eating healthy foods, getting plenty of exercise and adequate sleep. By demonstrating respect for our own bodies, our kids will be more likely to do the same.