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Do you encourage self-love?

Do you encourage self-love?

My daughter told me 6 months ago she didn’t like anything about herself. I never realized how negative my self-talk was until this moment….what do you do to encourage a healthy self image?
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  1. My daughter is very in to looking cute with pretty dresses and accessories, but we try to focus on beauty as something that is within. She is nearly 5 and I don’t think she even knows what “fat” is. We also don’t keep a scale in the house. My wife is the definition of beautiful inside and out, and even after getting a manicure with our daughter or buying her a new dress, she always reminds her that while it can make us feel great to look pretty on the surface, true beauty is in our hearts. I hope we never have to deal with self-love issues. I think a quick fix would be to get rid of all the Hollywood/women magazines and TMZ-like shows.

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  2. First to Brad, I want to say AWWW! It sounds like you have it right. Self-love it taught and caught by what our children hear and see. I agree that Hollywood, women’s magazines and TMZ-like shows do not help our body image issues, having good role models and positive messages at home help keep those negative influences in check. It can be the subtle, yet consistent, messages that have the greatest impact at times. In time kids will learn that what they see on TV isn’t real or attainable, just like they do with the story line. But that is largely due to what they are hearing at home. If they are hearing mom or dad complain about how an outfit looks, how “fat” they are, etc, they will quickly learn that what they see on TV is a fair comparison and measure of criticism. So it is not enough to build up our kids, I think we can all do that easily. We must also build up ourselves in the presence of our children!

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