Help the teenager to love his body!
My daughter decided that the cause of all her misfortunes – a figure that is far from the parameters of the model? Help her get rid of the complexes and become self-confident!
The kid perceives his body naturally. He studies it with interest, trains to coordinate movements, tests his possibilities. But there comes a moment when his eyes become critical: the child begins to compare himself with others. And then the girl discovers that her figure is not at all like her favorite Barbie doll, and the boy notices that he does not have Superman’s musculature. Unconsciously trusting advertising, children are guided by stereotypes of beauty, which are promoted from TV screens and glossy magazines. And the child is enthusiastically involved in the game of losing weight and become happy. No one will be surprised that the teenager is on a diet and exhausts himself in the gym. According to statistics, by the age of 10, 80% of girls have already at least once dieted, and 60% of them are afraid to get better. Unfortunately, parents turn to the doctor, only when losing weight begins to seriously threaten health.
During puberty, a teenager is dissatisfied with himself and with the whole world: he is deeply disappointed, he does not like anything. As a rule, it manifests itself in the form of unreasonable grievances and crying, sudden irritation and even anger, claims to everyone, especially to parents. Most children at this age do not see in themselves any merit. If you notice that the child suddenly stops eating, hides food, after eating, closes in the toilet, then most likely, the teenager is sitting on a tight diet. The situation that has arisen requires immediate assistance – one should immediately turn to a psychologist. Do not try to cope with the disaster alone: anorexia and bulimia are serious psychological problems that the specialist can solve. To protect the teenager from extremes and help him to love his body, talk to him more often. In conversation, try to unobtrusively debunk the established stereotypes. But for the child to trust you and open up, of course, take time, tact and patience.