The first thing that you can do is not focus on your child's weight or size. Never taunt your child about their weight or call them names. This can only make your child feel sad, depressed or embarassed about themselves. Never say embarrassing things about your child's weight in public. This may cause your child to close down communications with you and stop confiding in you.
Instead begin to focus on all of your child's positive traits. Encourage and praise them. Let them know that you accept them as they are. Tell them that you love and support them. Get the whole family involved in physical activities. Purchase our self esteem coloring/activity e-book for your child. It is full of affirmations and positive statements to help children feel good about themselves.
Does my child need to lose weight? That's a question that every concerned parent asked themselves if they have an overweight child. As parents we don't know if this is “baby" fat that they will grow out of or if it is the beginning of packing on the pounds. There are two main areas that you need to look at when questioning your child's weight.
The first question that you need to ask is “Is my child physically healthy?'’. Your child can be carrying a few extra pounds and be healthy. Your child needs to have a physical examination by his or her physician to determine his/her health status. Blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are some of the indicators that your physician will look at to get an accurate picture of your child's physical health. If any of these tests are abnormal, then your physician can prescribe the needed treatment.
The second question that you need to ask is “Is my child emotionally healthy?'’ We know that overweight kids endure significant amounts of teasing from their peers about their size. When kids are having a rough time with their peers, they tend to be depressed, sad and show a lack of interest in activities. Overweight kids are victims of name calling at school and at home. When children begin to believe these negative comments about themselves, they develop low self esteem. Emotional well being for your child is just as important as physical well being. Counseling can help motivate your child to change their lives. Counseling can also help you to help your child reach their goals.
Remember we are not trying to pressure our children to fit into some societal mold of what beauty is. Everyone is not meant to wear a size 3. But we do want our children, no matter what their weight, to be healthy and grow into well nourished and healthy adults. A good self image is important to every child. Purchase our self esteem coloring/activity e-book for your child. It is full of affirmations and positive statements to help children feel good about themselves.
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