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Help Your Teen Shape a Healthy Body Image


Body image is psychological in nature. It can affect both boys and girls. It is what your teen sees when they think about what they look like in their mind's eye. Therefore, if negative thoughts are introduced, it can be hurtful to their self-confidence and self-esteem. As a strong self-confidence and a positive self-esteem are a building blocks for your teen to become a successful in their life’s journey, it is important for parents to help their teens develop a healthy body image.

The first step in helping your teen shape a healthy body image is to see how your teenager feels about their body right now. To find out, talk to your teen and take our 15 question quiz: Does your daughter have a healthy body image?

Then use the following resources:

If you feel your teenager is struggling with body image issues, I strongly encourage you to talk to your family doctor and to take our parenting class on teenage self-esteem.

Take this article one step further:

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    Parenting Poll: Do you think today's media is affecting your teen's body image in a negative way?

    See the poll results.

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