As a person who has struggled with self esteem and body image from a young age, it is something I often wonder and worry about for my children. I mainly focus on Belle right now who is an impressionable and often anxious little 7 year old. I know she is not me, but I see many similarities between her personality and mine and want to help her grow up to be a confident person who feels good in her own skin. It seems as though this generation of children is exposed to so much, and even if I think I have control over what my little ones see and hear, it’s out of my hands once they set foot in school, daycare, etc. It scares me when I hear them making negative comments about certain aspects of their appearance or that someone else has said something to them! Let me tell you, Mama bear wants to come out in those instances. I know my actions greatly affect my kids but there any several influencing factors that are beyond me and all I can do is try to instill a strong sense of self and teach my little Belle, as well and Oli and Soph to be independent thinkers who don’t let society dictate how they feel about their bodies or themselves. I’m no expert, but here are a few things that we have been working on in our house:
Meditation: Once again, not an expert on the subject, but as meditation has become an important part of my daily life, I have decided to help my kids learn to practice a little mindfulness and meditation. I’m not expecting them to do an Om chant for an hour, but I’m hoping to teach these little bunnies some good habits that will serve them now and later in life.
Healthy eating habits: I suppose this is a no-brainer, but it can be a challenge to make sure the littles are eating as healthy a possible (especially if their mom is sneaking chocolate and gummy bears left from Easter when no one is watching). I really believe in the link between nutrition and good mental health. I sure notice anxiety levels spike in my casa when some of us have too much refined sugar!