Body Image & How We Role Model as Mothers

bodyimagegirlsMost girls are already well aware of their body and our culturally defined body image expectations by the time they are 10 years old. Sobering statistics show that many girls have been on a diet before the age of 12 years old.  More than 50% of 13 year old girls in one study reported having issues with how their body looks.

As mothers we have the strongest influence on our daughter’s development. We are the first and highly influential role models for our daughters. They watch and notice everything we do and everything we say in all spheres of life. When it comes to building a healthy body image and good self esteem in our girls, we need to check and reflect on what we are modelling for them.

Here are some questions to ponder:

  1. Body-ImageIs your relationship to your body healthy?
  2. Do you say things about yourself that are unkind or judgemental?
  3. Do you use food as reward or punishment?
  4. Do you make faces at yourself or groan when you look at yourself in the mirror?
  5. Do you treat your body with love or do you work it like a machine?
  6. Do you judge others on how they look?

When we operate with more awareness, notice our negative habits and learn to practice self acceptance and self love we are giving our daughters permission to do the same. Start honouring yourself and your body more and be proud of who you are. Nourish yourself with nutrient dense food, get a massage, take a relaxing bath or engage in exercise for pleasure and fun. This is the best strategy for supporting our daughters to do the same for themselves.

Celebrate yourself, celebrate your daughter!


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