teasing kids and the media can all affect how a child feels. And self-confidence helps children in school.
To help your child develop a positive body image:
• Accept your child’s body size. Don’t try to change it to meet your expectations of how your child should look.
• Accept diversity of all body types. Remind your child that everyone is born a different shape and size.
• Talk about unrealistic advertising. Explain how computer imaging is used to make models look “perfect” in photos.
• Make clear rules about “body teasing.” Don’t allow mocking people about how they look.
• Avoid comments on body shape or weight—especially your child’s.
• Coach your child on how to change the subject when there’s diet talk or body put downs.
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