There’s so much that captivates you about your baby girl. The way she throws her head back when a tickle session is about to go down. The way she sings herself to sleep. And the way she sees herself. Girls and self-image is a major deal. She doesn’t know it now, but one day, the sweet face staring at itself in the mirror might be the biggest threat to your daughter. And you won’t always be there to stop it.
The only way to keep your daughter safe is to teach her about her body. Here are the top things all moms of girls should teach their daughters.
Lessons for girls and self-image
1. Know your parts
It feels like there are much less stigma and shame to male “privates” than there are to their female counterparts. But it’s essential for girls to know what their “parts” are called and what their functions are. Teach her that when you were pregnant with her, it was her labia on the ultrasound that indicated you were expecting a girl.
2. Work out, because your body needs it.
Your body is powerful, and if you keep it in shape, it will never weigh you down. If you take care of it, your body enables you to do stuff like swim, have fun, and yes, even give birth to a child in as little as six pushes.
3. Food is not your enemy
Food is good, so enjoy it. Let it nourish your body and your soul. Allow food to help you make memories and bring you joy, but never let it become an obsession. Eat foods that make you happier and healthier. Eat good food. And when you’re done, clean your face if and when needed.
4. Be healthy, not thin
Our society has an obsession with being thin. And that’s a massive cause for concern as far as girls and self-image are concerned. The truth is that healthy bodies come in many different shapes and sizes. And there’s a big difference between healthy and thin. Strive to be the healthiest version of yourself instead of someone else’s idealised version of you.
5. Your body, your choice
Sometimes this, just like parenting, can be easier said than done. But if you don’t feel like showing physical affection, don’t force it. Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel comfortable.
6. Things change
Your body grows and slows down. It goes through phases of dimples and pimples, even leaks and creaks. Although it might sound impossible, it’s important to grow with the changes your body goes through. Every laugh line and stretch mark tells an amazing story, a story of YOU. Your body will always be a roadmap of who you are