How do we start instilling the body confidence in our daughters that few of us ever had ourselves? These days we are inundated by photoshoped bodies that give us very unrealistic expectations of what a actual, real persons body looks like.
There has to be some ways to help our children, especially our daughters to know that they are beautiful no matter what their body type. That the people they see in movies, on magazines and billboards….just aren’t real.
- Stop Commenting on Their Bodies
Stop commenting on their bodies at all, says University of Mary Washington psychology professor Mindy Erchull, who is an expert on sexualization of women, feminism, and feminist identity. By taking the focus off bodies altogether, we allow them to focus on other things.
- Stop Talking About Our Own Bodies
“When mothers talk about dieting and their own dissatisfaction with their bodies, daughters tend to be more dissatisfied with their own bodies,” Erchullsays. We need to cut that out. Now.