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How can adults support boys who are struggling with their body image?
Dr. Jason Nagata shares why it’s important to understand that boys struggle with body image just like girls, though sometimes it looks different.
Dr. Nagata shares several red flags to look for in boys who might be struggling with body image. You can learn more signs to look for here. Based on Dr. Nagata’s advice, here’s some additional tips you can implement right away if you, like Mike, want to know what to say to strengthen the body image of a young man in your life:
Encourage your son’s coach to partner with you in this effort by taking the What to Say Coaches Challenge – our email series with helpful tips and phrases for strengthening the body image of young athletes.
How can adults support girls who are struggling with their body image?
Body image concerns are unfortunately very typical for girls. It is not a reflection of things going on at home or any one parent. (1:16)
The pandemic has also exacerbated this issue for many. (1:41)
Avoid making appearance-related comments. Make it clear to your kids that you value them for more than just how they look. (2:08)
Help kids focus on what their bodies can do and how their bodies allow them to live their lives. (4:00)
Talk to kids about social media. Encourage them to follow accounts that support their development, not just friends, celebrities, and influencers. (4:46)
To go deeper on this topic, you can find Dr. Markey’s book, The Body Image Book for Girls, on Amazon – remember to shop using Amazon Smile choose WithAll as your charity of choice.
How can adults show kids how to love/appreciate the body we each live in?
Even when you think kids aren’t listening, they are. (0:50)
Be mindful of the words you use around kids, and let them know that we don’t talk negatively about our bodies (01:12)
Model positive self-talk and self-affirmations. (02:18)
As adults, it’s normal to have moments where we struggle with our body image. (03:18)
Find things you love about yourself and remind yourself often about all the amazing things our bodies can do. Model this for your kids. (03:32)
We all have off days. Show your kids that it’s okay to reach out and ask for help or simply to understand that you’re not alone. (04:52)
What do I do when someone tells my child they need to gain or lose weight for health?
What to ask your doctor if they recommend weight loss or gain (1:11)
Changes in weight during childhood are normal (1:30)
Tips for encouraging movement without focusing on weight (2:03)
Tips for encouraging eating habits without focusing on weight (3:30)
Can I really trust my kid to eat healthy?
As adults, our role is to choose what foods are offered and when and where they are provided.
As children, their role (which we can trust them to do) is to decide how much to eat, whether they will eat it and in what order they will eat it.
Practical ways to handle meal and snack times from a parent like you. (Spoiler alert: no one gets this “exactly right.” It’s about doing the best you can & being flexible along the way).
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