We all want the kids in our lives to lead happy and healthy lives. Not talking to the kids in your life about food and body in oversimplified ways doesn’t mean that you can’t help them form habits that will protect their mental and physical health for years to come. But learning what to say that can support the mental and physical health of the kids you love is a journey. We’re not always going to get it right. Do you best to incorporate these new ideas into your life, listen to yourself and adjust as you go until you find the words and actions that you believe and want the children in your life to take with them. Be kind to yourself, and trust that even making a few changes to the way you talk to and around the kids in your life can have a significant impact on helping them grow into healthy and happy adults.
Hover over some of the common phrases below to learn some alternate ways of talking about food and body around the kids you love.
If you’re worried about the kids in your life and their relationship with food and/or body, please consult a healthcare professional. You can also find more information here.