What can you do? - The Parent's Role
A Guide to Help You Teach Your Children Positive Self-Image through Fitness...The key to ensuring strong self-esteem and a positive body image
starts with the parent. If you don't feel positive about your self-image, then how can you expect your children to? While important for both
genders, it is especially critical for raising a healthy daughter. Beginning the lessons when a girl is young is imperative, so don't wait –
teaching your daughter to feel good about her body needs to start at a very young age.
Establish a "no diet talk" rule. In fact, remove the word "diet" from your vocabulary. When your children are nearby, DON'T talk about dieting or how overweight you feel! This is extremely important. Remember, kids are listening all the time (even when you think that they aren't – especially then). So, even though asking your spouse or friend "do I look fat in this?" may seem innocent, it can have a life-altering effect on your kids when they repeatedly hear it.
Try to prepare healthy meals. And teach the importance of good nutrition. Remove the words "good" and "bad" from describing foods. If a kid thinks that candy is a "bad" food, then naturally they will just want it more. Simply encourage your kids to eat a balanced diet each day and to eat sugary and/or fatty foods in moderation.
Set a good example. If your children never see you engage in fitness or if they hear you complain about working out, then they are going to have a negative image of exercise. Let them know that you workout to stay healthy, to be strong and to have more energy and stamina (so you can keep up with them)! Although the best way for a parent to encourage a child to be physically active is to act as a role model...studies & research have shown and identified three other main factors important in keeping kids physically active:
1. Children have the desire to develop and demonstrate physical competence, such as athletic skills, physical fitness, and physical appearance.
Help them be the best they can be.