October's article discusses how parents can help improve the body image of their school age children.
Last week, I had an interesting conversation with four year 9 female pupils, during which they all agreed that they shared the same problem. The problem was that their parents, more specifically their mother’s, attitude to body image issues.. One girl said that her mother responded “don’t be silly” and another said her mother just said, “you’re beautiful” and changed the subject.
It is vital that parents make time to discuss body image with their children. Most importantly, parents should listen, really listen (by giving their children their undivided attention), empathise with them and discuss any concerns that their children raise.
Parents should emphasize to their children that they have their full support and that they can come to them with body related or any other concerns that they have.