Does your child ever complain about being the shortest child in the class? Or, do they wish they had different hair, or a different nose? Perhaps they wish they looked more like their favorite celebrity. Feeling self-conscious about one’s looks is a natural part of growing up. But, many parents are curious: what will help my kids feel better about themselves?
In order to help your children to feel better about themselves, you must help them to understand what they can and cannot change. Acceptance is a vital step to helping your child’s self-confidence. It may also be helpful to find older children or adults with similiar features as your child, who can act as role models.
The next step is good nutrition. A good healthy diet with the right nutrients will provide your children with the energy they need to feel good about themselves. A diet rich in whole grains, nuts, and beans will provide necessary nutrients (like B vitamins), which can boost mood and prevent depression. A diet low in added sugars will prevent mood swings and help the body and brain work properly.
The final step is exercise. Exercise creates hormones in the body that boost mood. Exercise also helps to build strong muscles and burns off energy. Kids feel better about their bodies when they feel strong and capable.
So, no matter the size or shape of your child, rest assured, they can be strong, healthy, and confident with who they are. It all starts with their health on the inside!