Real beauty

No matter how hard we try to convince our children that real beauty comes from within and that being happy in your own skin will make you more attractive, our children can’t seem to help agonizing over their ‘imperfections’.

The self-flogging begins at a very early age and often we are at least partially to blame.  Our children hear us complaining about our weight, about our wrinkles and about our frizzy hair and they internalize that, if we are not “good enough”, then they must not be either.  Instead of being critical of our looks, wouldn’t it be great if we could rejoice in all the things that make us beautiful.  Check out this eye-opening video from Dove about the impact we, as parents, have on our children’s body image.

If you are committed to making sure your children have a healthy attitude about their bodies, you may also wish to read these posts on Body Image and The impact of the media on body image.