From the media, social media and gender stereotypes, there are lots of reasons why children could be worried about their appearance or body image. Body image is about how we see, think and feel about our bodies. As children grow, they develop attitudes towards themselves, their relationships and hopes for the future. Developing a negative body image or low self-esteem as a child can develop into difficulties with mental health later on, including eating disorders. It’s therefore important we help our tamariki develop a positive view of themselves as a unique and beautiful individual.
Much of the literature shows that being kind to yourself (self-compassion) is the basis of building a positive body image. This means we need to teach and practice self-compassion so that our children can learn this amazing skill.
Comfortable: 50 People 1 Question
A video that will encourage you to be confident as you are
Resources to help:
10 Steps to Positive Body Image
Information on how create your own positive body image
5 Ways to Nurture a Positive Body Image In Kids
Provides ideas on how to help develop positive body image in children
The Truth about Self-Compassion
An article that encourages self compassion
Body Image and Self-Esteem
Information that will encourage you to accept, like and care for your body
Things to do:
Self-Compassion Guided Meditations and Exercises
This site provides links to self-compassion guided meditations and exercises