Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — On a Sunday afternoon, psychologist Dina Zeckhausen rounded up eight mothers and their little girls to whip up some healthy meals at The Cook’s Warehouse in Georgia. Zeckhausen is the founder of the Eating Disorders Information Network and has one goal in mind — to give children a healthy self-image at an early age. By doing this children won’t grow up in tune to the media’s portrayal of lean teens as the average girl.
We may not realize how much we criticize ourselves everyday, and more importantly in front of our children. They hear and absorb every word that falls out of our mouths even though it may not seem like it when little Julie has been told to pick up her toys three times already. Something as simple as looking in the mirror and seeing a disgusted reflection staring back at you (because it looks like that last slice of pizza went straight to your hips), will tell your child that something is not right with mommy. That is why it’s important to exhibit positive reflections of yourself and to teach your children to see themselves in a positive light as well. After all, our children do as we do although sometimes they may not do as we say.
Zeckhausen stresses that it is crucial to let your children know that if they’re hungry, they shouldn’t ignore their body’s signal for food. When they’re not hungry, they should sweetly refuse with a polite “no thank you.” This builds good eating habits in little children and helps them mold a healthy state of living early on. So next time you’re cooking in the kitchen, invite the apple of your eye for some one on one mommy-daughter time. It’s good for her to know that she’s perfect just the way she is and that healthy eating habits can go a long way. For more information on this topic visit the following links:
Mom’s key to daughters’ healthy body image
Help your child maintain a healthy weight