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Parent’s Guide To Help Kids Build a Positive Body Image

As teens approach the teen years, it’s common and natural for them to become more interested in appearances — seemingly all of a sudden.

This is their body image – means feelings, ideas, and opinions about their body.

Positive and healthy body image is vital to boost their confidence and self-esteem.

Ways to help teens build healthy body image are –

1.BOOSTING BODY IMAGE

As teens try on different looks, parents can help by being accepting and supportive (except when you find things socially unacceptable)

For e.g. one acne on the face might be insignificant for you but if your teen is worried support them to treat it.

2. ACCEPT AND UNDERSTAND

Recognize that being concerned about looks is as much a part of the teen years as a changing voice or other puberty changes. Avoid criticizing teens for being concerned about appearances.

3. GIVE LOTS OF COMPLIMENTS

Simple statements like “you’ve got the most beautiful smile” or “that shirt looks great on you” really do matter.
Compliment them on other physical attributes, such as strength, speed, balance, energy, or grace. Appreciating physical qualities and capabilities helps build a healthy body image.
Compliment what’s inside too. Notice the personal qualities that you love about your TEENS — how generous your son is to share with his little sister, the determined way that your daughter studies for her tests, or how your son helped you etc

4. SET REASONABLE BOUNDARIES

Be patient, but also set boundaries on how much time your teens can spend on grooming and dressing. Tell them it’s not OK to inconvenience others or let their routine tasks, academics, and activities compromise.

Last but not the least

5. BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL

How you talk about your own looks sets a powerful example or how much time you spend on your grooming. Constantly complaining about or fretting over your appearance teaches your teens to cast the same critical eye on themselves.

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