Body image is our view of how we look, and how that makes us feel. It’s not about what we actually see in the mirror. It’s something we learn from the people around us, and from the way we talk to ourselves.
If your child is worrying that they don’t look ‘right’ it can chip away at their self-esteem. They may want to change their appearance, hide their ‘flaws’, or avoid people altogether.
When your child has good body image, they’ll value themselves as they are. They’ll be less likely to feel that they have to change the way they look to make others like them.
Anyone can learn body confidence and know how to handle negative thoughts. This means your child can be comfortable being themselves.
Children’s bodies go through lots of changes very quickly. It’s natural for them to feel sensitive about this. Your child might experience some anxious feelings about fitting in with others. They may start noticing or comparing:
This can be a lot to cope with at any age, so be careful not to dismiss your child’s feelings. Let them know you’re listening and ask how you can support them to feel good about themselves.
We’ve got some tips on how you can help your child be body confident.