Summer is a time for fun, freedom and the outdoors. But it’s also a time for bare skin and bathing suits. Your teen should not feel burdened by their body image, so we have put together some ways you can help them maintain a positive body image over the summer months—and long after!
Here are some ways that you can help your teen feel positive about their body as the summer season approaches.
1. Talk to Them About Puberty
Your teen will go through many physical changes, some of which might take place in the short span of a summer. Be open with your teen about changes that might occur in their body, including acne and body hair development or even weight gain, to ensure they understand that these changes are normal. Photo by Yaisog Bonegnasher
2. Speak Positively About Food and Weight
Remember that your own commentaries about food and weight can affect your teen. Be conscious of what you say and lead by example, promoting positive thinking and healthy eating choices.
3. Discuss What They See in the Media
A lot of our negative body image issues stem from what we see in the media. If your teen is comparing their physique to celebrities in magazines, TV shows or movies, they might be harder on themselves than necessary. Have open conversations with your teen about what they are observing and encourage them to think critically about how this affects their expectations of themselves.
4. Focus on What’s Inside
Remind your teens that there is so much more to them than their physical appearance. Encourage them to participate in extracurricular activities over the summer that make them feel good about themselves. Also, acknowledge their positive attributes—whether they have strong legs for doing the sports they love or a great ear for listening, your teen’s positive self image will help them be confident and take care of their body.
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