It’s rightly said, “For a parent to be able to give body positivity to their teen, they have to have it.” It’s no secret that teenagers nowadays spend most of their time being conscious and insecure about themselves and their bodies. Encouraging body positivity in your teenager is a crucial thing, and every parent should make sure that their children know that they’re beautiful just the way they are.
Here are some ways to encourage a positive body image for your teenager:
TV Programs And Media
Media is one of the very major reasons why children start to feel insecure in the first place. The negative effects of using social media cannot be avoided or ignored. Television programs, movies, music videos, websites, magazines send the message that only a certain body type is acceptable and that maintaining an attractive appearance is the most important goal. Countering to negative media messages can be a good way to encourage body positivity in your teenage child.
Usage Of Mobile Phones & Social Media
Limiting the use of mobile phones can be very helpful in achieving the goal of encouraging body positivity. More time spent disconnected from technology will help your child focus more on their life than their appearance. It is clearly visible that your teen is almost always on his/her phone and might even look stressed out after scrolling through the Instagram feed. This is because social media usually promotes an unhealthy body image and negatively impacts your child’s mind.
Importance Of Acceptance
Teach your child to embrace every body type. Show off your own imperfections and help them realize that loving your imperfections is necessary. Offer reassurance that healthy body shapes vary and make your teenage children understand that you accept them the way they are. Your acceptance and respect can help them build self-esteem and resilience.