Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself.
Don't you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk
about your new diet. In fact, don't go on a diet in front of your daughter. Buy healthy
food. Cook healthy meals. But don't say, "I'm not eating carbs right now." Your daughter
should never think that carbs are evil, because shame over what you eat only leads to
shame about yourself.
With the ever-present discussion of the “childhood obesity epidemic,” I asked Dr. Linda Bacon[i], an internationally recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight, and health metabolism, to describe exactly how best to approach weight concerns among parents and practitioners alike. Dr. Bacon proposes a major paradigm shift from conventional weight management practices to what is now referred to as “Health at Every Size.”
Start the New Year, with SELF CARE! Moms and Dads, here are 6 tips to help your tweens and teens create a healthy self-care regimen that will decrease the likelihood of develop eating disorders and substance abuse.
During the middle-school years, a major growth spurt usually occurs, which can be very confusing to both kids and parents. Appetite soars in preparation of a growth spurt. Consequently, many tweens and teens gain weight before they grow taller!
Going into pregnancy, labor, and delivery I read everything I could get my hands on about “life with a newborn”. However there really is no way to describe the emotional roller coaster you go through until you experience it yourself. With that being said, self-care is so important during this time and nutrition is one of the most important self-care aspects (in my dietitian opinion of course).
Here are some suggestions written directly to your kids; this may open up some questions and conversations after they read it, but know that even if it doesn’t, you’ve helped create just a little more info for them to become their own responsible self and a more connected eater.