Increasing Self Esteem
Helpful Steps to Improve Your Child's Self Esteem
1. Teach your child/children that there is more to a person than the physique. It is what's on the inside that truly counts.
2. Avoid negative statements and teasing about weight, body shape and size.
3. Teach your child/children that there are no "good" or "bad" foods. All foods are great in moderation.
4. Encourage physical activities for fun and join them. (i.e. bike ride, nature walk, etc.)
5. Model and encourage healthy eating in front of your child/children (i.e. not dieting).
6. Do not use food as a reward or a positive reinforcement.
7. Educate yourself about recognizing the warning signs of an eating disorder.
8. Compliment your child/children on their talents, accomplishments, intelligence, and values.
9. As a parent, it is up to you to be a healthy role model. Children are easily influenced. If they constantly hear you complain about your weight or need to diet, they will learn similar behaviors.
10. Do not force your child/children to eat or not eat. Do not engage in power struggles.
11. Never hold your child/children back from activities because of the type of clothes needed (i.e. bathing suit).
12. Make your meal times pleasant experiences.
13. Teach your child/children to listen to their own hunger. Encourage eating when they are hungry and stopping when they are full.
14. Always make sure that there is open line of communication available between you and your child/children.
15. Teach your child/children to love themselves for who they are, as they are.