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How can I help my child develop good self-esteem and a positive body image?

Hi there,

I am a worried parent of a 6-year-old daughter who seems to be struggling with her self-esteem and body image. She often compares herself to others and has started to become self-critical, particularly about her appearance. I want to help her develop a positive body image and boost her self-esteem, but I'm not sure where to start. Can anyone offer some practical advice or strategies that have worked for their own children? I want her to feel proud and confident in who she is, and I know that starts with helping her love herself the way she is. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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jefferey.pagac

Hi there,

I can totally relate to your situation as I was also struggling with similar issues with my daughter a few years ago. One thing that helped us a lot was to focus on her strengths and things that she was good at. We helped her develop a strong sense of self-worth by acknowledging and celebrating her achievements and efforts rather than just her appearance. We also emphasized the importance of being healthy, rather than focusing on body size or shape.

Another thing that worked well was to teach her to recognize and challenge negative self-talk. We did this by pointing out positive things that she had accomplished or qualities that she possessed whenever she would make self-deprecating comments. We also would talk about different body types and sizes and how they were all unique and beautiful in their own way.

Lastly, we reinforced positive body image by surrounding her with diverse role models who were confident in their own skin. This could be through books, movies or TV shows that feature characters of different sizes, races and backgrounds who are happy with who they are.

Hope these ideas help you! Remember, it's a learning process and a journey, and the most important thing is to make sure your child knows they are loved and valued for who they are.

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