- Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
- Back to School
- Cellphone Parenting
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Early Childhood
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social
- Learning with Technology
- Marketing to Kids
- Mental Health
- News and Media Literacy
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Screen Time
- Sex, Gender, and Body Image
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Technology Addiction
- Violence in Media
How do I help my kid develop a positive body image?
The media kids are exposed to makes a big impression, so choose shows, games, and music that reflect positive body-image messages. Your own body image makes a big impression, too. Do you have to love your body? No. But key into how your comments may translate to kids. Also, limit your kids' exposure to age-inappropriate media (watch The Real Housewives after they've gone to bed!). And do activities together that require effort and learning. Here are some ideas:
Keep girls active. Get them involved in sports and healthy lifestyles. Find ways to do activities together.
Don't stress weight; stress health.
Make sure girls know they're more than just a pretty face. Placing less emphasis on how girls look helps them value themselves in broader ways later in life. Compliment your daughter on all her wonderful talents, such as her creativity or thoughtfulness.
Emphasize health over looks. Talk about what boys' bodies can do rather than what they look like. Make sure your son knows you love him for who is he is.
Check your language. Lots of parents inadvertently send the wrong message about what it means to be a man by using clichés such as "big and strong" or "boys don't cry." Think of other traits to emphasize, such as sensitivity, caring, and honesty.