Do you remember how you felt when you looked in the mirror as a teen? You may have hated your hair or skin. Maybe you felt too fat or too thin.
Many of today’s teens feel uncomfortable about their physical appearance, too. They are very critical of their bodies. In extreme cases, this can lead to depression or to eating disorders.
Your teen might never admit it, but your opinion is important to her. Help her develop a better body image. Check these points:
- Do you compliment your teen on his looks? Even if you don’t like his haircut, or his clothes, chances are you still think he has the most beautiful eyes in the world. Tell him so.
- Do you make jokes about your teen’s appearance? Don’t. Your teen does not find it funny. Jokes or insults about her weight are most harmful.
- Do you like your own body? That doesn’t mean hours admiring yourself in front of the mirror. But if you are comfortable with your appearance, your teen will notice. You will serve as a good role model for him.
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