We recently stumbled upon this old post on Facebook and felt this was something that parents in the Church needed to hear. As Saints, we can often be too hard on ourselves in our quest for perfection—our physical appearance included. But how are our actions impacting our kids?
God has given us bodies for a reason: to serve, to climb mountains, to accomplish great things. But do we sometimes get too caught up on things that are not as important?
Though written specifically about daughters, I think these points are just as important for our sons. We shouldn't be teaching our sons that their worth lies in their physical strength or ability to live up to unrealistic Hollywood ideals.
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How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.
Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.
If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:
“You look so healthy!” is a great one.
Or how about, “You’re looking so strong.”