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Teach Your Daughter to Love Her Body
​​​​​​​Teach Your Daughter to Love Her Body​
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​​​​​Teenagers today are bombarded with images of impossible beauty, what they are ​​expected to be.  Everything from the glossy magazines on every newsstand to daily doses ​​of peer pressure can lead to unrealistic expectations of a teen’s female form. Sparkling ​​and svelte movie stars on the big screen are promoted as role models, but represent ​​images that are simply unattainable for most women. As the same-sex parent, you are a ​​constant teacher and role model for your daughter.  ​
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​Hopefully, by the time your daughter is a teen, you have already spent years doing things ​​like dispelling the myth of the fairy tale princess being rescued by the handsome prince.  ​​And you have provided a family atmosphere that allows her to feel safe and loved.  ​​Building on this bond will help you to continue moving your daughter’s self-image in the ​​right direction.  ​
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  • ​​​​​Show her what it looks like to have self confidence.  Be a realistic role model.  ​​​​​​​​​​Don’t let your daughter hear you constantly discussing the latest diet, counting ​​​​​​​​​​every calorie or complaining about the circumference of your thighs.  Instead, ​​​​​​​​​​model healthy eating, accept your own body for what it is and love yourself.​​​​​​​​​
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  • ​​​​​Show her how to relax.  Don’t let an over-crowded schedule rule your life.  Your ​​​​​​​​​​daughter could see your frantic movement as a curse of womanhood.  Show her ​​​​​​​​​​how to relax and cope with everything life brings.  Practice intentional relaxation in ​​​​​​​​​​your own life.  Slow down, try yoga, take a warm bath, take a hike.  ​​​​​​​​​
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  • ​​​​​Show her how to capitalize on her uniqueness.  Self-esteem is dramatically ​​​​​​​​​​enhanced when a teen finds her place in the world.  It may take awhile to discover ​​​​​​​​​​an activity or skill she really enjoys and in which she excels.  But once you find it, ​​​​​​​​​​encourage her to explore and embrace her “thing.”​​​​​​​​​
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  • ​​​​​ Teach your daughter that she doesn’t have to love her hair or her legs or her ​​​​​​​​​​fingernails to like herself.  Celebrate her academic accomplishments, her sense ​​​​​​​​​​of humor and her social skills.  Just like your mom told you—it’s what’s inside that ​​​​​​​​​​counts!​​​​​​​​​
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    ​​​​​Source:  101 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body, by Brenda Richardson and ​
    ​Elane Rehr​
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