How to Talk to Your Daughter about Body Image

Former Victoria Secret model, Kylie Bisuitti, recently wrote an article about how to talk to your daughter about body image. She offered three suggestions and I couldn’t agree with her more:

1. Be a Positive Role Model

2. Avoid Reality TV

3. Read Scripture Together

There are a ton of things to avoid when wanting to mold and inspire a positive self image in ourselves or others but there are also a ton of things that we can take advantage of as well.

Here are three more ways to help inspire a positive self image:

 

1. Explore a museum, botanical garden or take an art class together. 

God’s beauty is all around us. The more we give ourselves the chance to see that beauty is not always found within the more we will appreciate beauty in its full sense.

2. Do something beautiful for others.

I don’t know a single person who when given the chance to serve others in need doesn’t feel better about themselves. God designed us to be in community with others. Doing service related projects with your family is a sure way to unite and bond.

3. Talk. Talk. Talk. 

The world is talking to your daughter. It’s telling her how to dress, act and what her aspirations should be. If you don’t talk to her, you are leaving her in the hands of a culture of death. It is important that Moms are not the only ones talking too. Dads need to take up arms and speak to their daughters heart with sensitivity and honesty. The average girl sees anywhere from 250-3,000 advertisements per day– what we see, who we listen to, matters.

The reality is that while our daughters are being exposed to the pitfalls from our culture– we too have been exposed and we can’t give what we don’t have. If our body image and self esteem have taken some big hits we need to reeducate ourselves in real beauty and God’s immense love for us. Our daughters are watching how we love ourselves just as much as how we love them.

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