Kids and ADD – Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

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Nothing can be more terrifying than knowing something may be up with your child, but not having the knowledge or resources to know how to help. Mom Junction talks about Kids and ADD – Signs, Symptoms and Treatment and has great tips and advice on understanding if Attention Deficit Disorder is something your child could be at risk of suffering from.

ADD is a common childhood brain disorder which is thought to affect around 10% of school-aged children. Boys, however, are at a much higher risk, by up to 3 times!

Generally, kids with ADD are more likely to make impulsive decisions, exhibit hyperactive behavior and have trouble focusing on tasks that are given to them. It can also affect their ability to perform academically and socially, which is every parent’s worst nightmare.

Signs and Symptoms of ADD in Kids

While no two children are alike, Mom Junction does a great job in filling in the gaps to be able to help parents watch for the warning signs. In general, children with ADD may show the following signs and symptoms:

  • Forgetfulness in daily activities
  • Easy distraction
  • Tendency to lose things easier
  • Organization problems
  • Difficulty in following instructions
  • Difficulty in staying focused on certain tasks
  • Problems in listening to instructions
  • Avoidance of tasks that require mental strain
  • Careless errors in simple tasks
  • Excessive talking
  • Fidgeting
  • Difficulty in being quite
  • Frequent interrupting or intruding
  • Difficulty in waiting for a turn
  • Blurting out answers before listening to the complete question
  • Difficulty in being seated
  • Excessive running around and playing

Many children will show many of these signs and will have a mixture of the symptoms discussed above. While you may think your child is “acting out” or not listening, it may, in fact, be ADD, which can be treated just like any other illness!

We all know that kids tend to be on the impulsive and hyper side to begin with. They are kids! But many of the symptoms listed above tend to pop up in a child’s life at an early age. If you start to notice your child being ‘unfocused’ and ‘out of control’ more often than not, it may be a sign that ADD could potentially be a reason for their behavior.

Unfortunately, there is no single test that will diagnose ADD. But doctors will gather information and rule out other types of things that could be causing the child’s behavior. They may also do brain scans and check to see if the child is affected by ADD using the standard guidelines that have been set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So your child has been diagnosed with ADD? Now what?

General Treatments for ADD

While there is no cure for ADD, there are many courses of treatment that can reduce the severity of symptoms in children. Mom Junction goes through the different treatments below:

  1. Medications

Different medicines may work for your child, by boosting and balancing the levels of brain chemicals. In turn, it helps to reduce inattentiveness and hyperactivity. The right dose can vary from child to child and may need changes often, until the right cocktail is found to help your child.

2. Counseling

Behavioral therapy and counseling can be extremely affective, especially if they also suffer from anxiety and depression. It can help your child learn better ways of dealing with situations they struggle with and can also help them figure out why they resort to the types of behavior that they do when something negative happens.

3. Family Therapy

This can also be an effective option because it will also help the entire family, particularly siblings, adjust better to the needs of the child with ADD.

4. Social Training

This type of therapy can help kids with ADD learn how to appropriately respond to different social situations. This can hopefully improve their social relationships at home, school, sports and extracurriculars, as well as boost their confidence.

Coping Long-Term with a Child with ADD

Kids with ADD can experience mounting pressures at school and in social settings. They know things aren’t quite right, but they may not understand it yet. If left unmonitored, it can have dire consequences on their mental health, too.

Mom Junction talks about how parents need to follow effective parenting tips, as well as being supportive, loving and caring. It can be hard to know that your child is struggling to to watch them flounder, but by giving them the support they need, it will help them deal with their condition better. It can be stressful and frustrating, but by working on the above items as a family and setting common goals and encouragement, your child will hopefully see the success you are working towards, with time.

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Why Kids Need a Routine

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Can you even picture it? Listening to kids crying all day long because they haven’t gotten enough rest. Eating at their own whim with nothing to control what or how much they eat. Being overly stimulated with every game, toy, TV show, etc. that could potentially be available. Yes, this is why kids aren’t in charge of making up their own daily routines! We all need a little structure in our lives, but The Forever Teacher shows us just how important this really is by going over WHY it’s so important!

If we aren’t the ones who create our children’s routines, than who will? We definitely don’t want toddlers running the show!

Why Kids Need a Routine

1. Sibling Control

If you have more than one child, you know how important having a routine can be! Even for the most laid-back parents, having a routine makes sure things run as smooth as possible! It can head off some of those meltdown moments when you’re not trying to do two things at once with multiple kids!

2. Mom Time

Yup, we said it! It’s important for MOM to get a little bit of a break for a little bit during the day. While moms would love to kick their feet up and rest for a bit, there are things like laundry, dishes, showering, etc. that moms need a little bit of uninterrupted time for, too. That’s when it’s imperative to schedule those nap times together for your kids, or get them scheduled on a consistent basis with the children you have in your home. It’s a God-send!

3. Time With Your Better Half

Most parents we know breath a sigh of relief when bedtime is over and the kids are sound asleep! For those of you who like to spend a little time with your significant other during the day, this is a great time to squeeze in a little time together! By having the kids on a consistent bedtime, you can plan to spend a little time together at the end of the day to keep that healthy relationship going strong!

4. School Preparation

We love this reason from The Forever Teacher! We know how important school will be in your little one’s life in just a few short years and we also know how much school has schedules in place! Parents want to make sure their kids are prepared for what is going to happen once they get to school. Your child’s head won’t spin when a routine is discussed and they are expected to follow that routine! How helpful to successfully navigate those important milestones!

5. Eating Healthy Meals

When there is a routine in place with scheduled meal and snack times, your kids will be sure to have a better chance at maintaining healthy eating habits as they grow. We know how things go when kids get too hungry. They reach for whatever they can get their hands on and the nutritional value isn’t the first thing on anyone’s mind! But by trying to stick to schedules when you eat with your children, you can control what they are eating and how much!

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6. Maintain Consistency

By having that routine set in place, your child will know what to expect and when to expect it! While there may be times they aren’t exactly thrilled to take that nap or don’t want to go to bed at that exact time, it’s not going to be a foreign concept to them and they are going to expect that it is going to happen. Stick to your routine and keep things stable for the sanity of everyone in your home!

7. Keeps Boundaries and Expectations in Place

Create routines and schedules that will make sure your children know what the boundaries are. But, also make sure to keep things comfortable so they know what to expect! Make sure their sleep routine is peaceful and consistent so they know that when they walk in their rooms to closed shades and dimmed lights, they know where things are going. If they test those boundaries (which they will), they’ll know what they’re going to be able to get away with and what isn’t going to change very quickly!

8. Positive Ramifications

It’s important for kids to know that by following the rules, they are doing something positive! Rule breakers won’t be tolerated in school or in society, so make sure they start learning the in’s and out’s of positive reinforcement at home! Be excited and your enthusiasm will rub off on them! Be positive when they are following the routines and make sure you’re prepared to discipline when schedules are starting to take a back seat to everything else!

9. Security and Expectations

When you are getting ready to set up a new routine or schedule, make sure you are taking their natural instincts into account when starting it up! When is your child generally hungry, sleepy, using the bathroom, etc. Once you can see how their overall day is already playing out, you can set routines and schedules around them so your child expects what is going to come next in their day. Solid routines and schedules make children feel secure in their homes and they can count on someone always being there to make sure the schedule is followed, as well! What an important thing to set up in your young child’s life!

And just like that, The Forever Teacher gave us all of the reasons we need to create routines and schedules for our children. It may be hard at first to get things nailed down, but it will be so worth it in the long run!

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10 Great Life Skills to Teach Your Children

10 Great Life Skills to Teach Your Children

Of course, parents want to see their children be successful in anything that life my bring their way. Whether it be at school or sports, we all just want to see our kids do well. But Mom Junction looks at taking it a step further! Since all kids are different, you just never know what skills they will excel in and what skill they may lack. That is why it can be so important for parents to help educate our children in specific life skills!

It isn’t logical to think that children will learn everything they need in school. Certain skills they may learn best at home, where a child can potentially learn best! Enter… Life Skills.

Mom Junction talks about life skills and how they can help your child endure and survive through most stressful situations in life. They can be learned and developed over the years, but what ones are the best for you to make sure your child masters?

  1. Cooking

Boys and girls should learn this important skill and it is so easy to have your child assist you in the kitchen from a young age! Yes, they may make things a little bit more messy, but your child will enjoy the process and soon, cooking will be something that isn’t intimidating or stressful! It also helps your children learn early what constitutes as healthy and budget-friendly ways to manage meals for a family!

2. Surviving in the Wilderness

While Mom Junction knows that it may not be the thing that happens tomorrow, it still is important for your child to know basic skills they may need to survive. Survival camps teach children things like building a shelter, cooking over a fire, moving safely through the woods, etc. Not only will they know how to take care of themselves in an emergency, but it also will help to build self-confidence and be independent as they grow older!

3.  Gardening

What an important lesson to teach your children on how to sustain themselves through the land! Children learn to respect the land and can learn how the weather can affect how things grow, as well! Teach them how to cope with problems that may arise through pests, weather, etc. and before you know it, you’ll be able to watch your child grow with their own garden!

4. First Aid Skills

We all know how often kids can hurt themselves when they are out and about, so making sure they know the basics of first aid is an important skill for them to acquire! Help them learn how to help others if there is an accident or emergency. Teach them what is generally in first-aid kits and how they should use all of the supplies that are in them.

5. Swimming

While your kids may think this is the most fun life skill that they will be learning, it’s also one that Mom Junction knows is necessary. Even if you don’t live close to water, it is so important that children know how to swim. It is one skill that may very well save their life!

6. Money Management

We all know how important this life skill will be during your child’s entire life! Teaching them the value of money early will help them know how to save and use it smartly in the future. There are many different ways that you can start teaching money management skills while your kids are young, increasing the complexity as they grow. Don’t let them go out into the world without these important lessons!

7. Laundry

This skill is one that you can easily have your kids help you with when they are even toddlers! As your child grows, they will always want to be “helping” you with things around the house. This is the perfect time to have them help load the washer and dryer, as well as sort the different clothes that come out of their hamper. What an important skill for your child to have as they head out into the world on their own!

8. Household Repairs

Do you have a child that is a little engineer and always is looking to see what is inside all of those household appliances in your home? Even if they don’t want to know what is inside, it’s always a good idea to teach them the basics to get through taking care of things that may happen at home. Things that are easy, such as changing a lightbulb, or how to unclog a toilet. And as Mom Junction reminds us, it’s always important to make sure the kids know all about the safety measures that need to be followed when they are handling electronic equipment and power tools.

9. Defense Skills

While we all hope that it doesn’t happen, we can’t always be there to protect our children from the unpleasantness that the world has to offer at times. Having your child learn defense skills from karate or another type of class will help your child to avert any sudden attack in life. An added benefit? It will help with their overall mind-focus development.

10. Time Management

We know how hard time management can be, even for many adults! Teaching your child how to even manage their time before school can be very important! Getting dressed without help, managing their homework and getting through sports schedules all require time management that your child will benefit from later in life!

These 10 life skills will help your child develop into an adult who will be able to navigate the world much easier. What types of life skills do you think are important for children to learn?

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Using Humor to Build Child Resiliency

Using Humor to Build Child Resiliency

Being a kid can be a lot of work! They are learning new things each and every day and it’s up to us, as parents, to instill good values and traits in our children. Nurture And Thrive Blog recently talked about Using Humor to Build Child Resiliency and what a good trait to have!

Having a sense of humor is a big thing in life. It can diffuse the negative things that may come your way and it’s a trait that many people say they want in a good friend and life partner. Why wouldn’t we want to promote a good sense of humor in our children?!

Based on research that Nurture and Thrive Blog did, a good sense of humor indicates high emotional intelligence, cheerfulness, and is a key part of social competence. Those all sound like winning values to me!

Being able to weather the storms life throws at us, finding a way to look on the bright side when something gets us down and having the ability to laugh at ourselves all allows us to find a better perspective. They help us be resilient in tough times and can be the difference between successfully or unsuccessfully handling different situations in life.

Resiliency is also an important trait in children. We cannot always protect our children from experiencing stress and distress, but we can help them to develop skills to be able to handle those moments well, grow in the face of challenge, and continue on, perhaps not untouched but hopefully undamaged.

So how can we help our children develop a positive sense of humor so they can beat those dark times that are sure to cross their paths in life? It’s been proven to help diffuse stress, which is one of the most important things to learn how to handle at a young age.

Why Laughter Releases Stress

  • Who doesn’t love to laugh? Remember the last time you had a false alarm that you thought was going to be a big deal, but it turned out to be nothing? You may have laughed, which helped to relieve the immediate stress you felt at an unpleasant situation.
  • Did you know that laughing has the same physical effect on the body as exercise? OK, so maybe you won’t be building the body you want, only by laughing, but it does reduce stress hormones and boosts the immune system. It can even reduce the likelihood of heart attacks! There is even some evidence that laughter and humor may help children with cancer avoid infections. Who knew humor could have such a positive effect on the physical body?!
  • Being able to laugh and have a good sense of humor can help to predict the emotional well-being of people. An experiment was done where people were put into one of three groups: a social group, a humor group and a control group. Results showed that the humor group was the only one that showed significant increases in self confidence, positive emotions and optimism. They also showed large decreases in perceived stress, depression, anxiety and stress levels.

So why do we not work on instilling humor more often in our children? It’s definitely not one of the first things that come to mind when we think about how we want to parent our children. It doesn’t generally come up in the “should dos” of parenting, as Nurture and Thrive Blog says!

Laugh often and they will laugh with you. Be silly and they will be silly too. Tell jokes and they will tell jokes too. I think the best way to help your child build a healthy sense of humor is to try to make them laugh. They will return the favor, laughter will become a good habit and a sense of humor will bloom before your eyes!

So how do you work on helping your child build that much-needed sense of humor?

6 to 12-15 Months: Laughing at Mom and Dad!

  • It’s been proven that babies find anything unexpected and spontaneous funny, especially if mom or dad provokes it! Just think about how they laugh at our silly faces or funny inflections in our voice!
  • Games like peek-a-boo with their parents give babies the giggles. By the age of 1, though, babies start to rely on their own sense of humor and look away from their parents for stimulation.

15 Months to 3-5 Years Old: What ISN’T Funny?

  • Kids this age love to do goofy things like putting hats on their feet or shoes on their head. Who knew that could make kids laugh so hard!
  • Putting things in unexpected places will give your child the giggles, too. How did their favorite stuffed animal end up on the shelf in the bathroom?

2-4 Years: Wrong Names

  • Look at the shoe! It’s not a shoe, it’s a bus!
  • This is when your child will start to play with different words to see the types of reactions they get with what they say. Encourage their silliness!

3-5 Years Old: Word Play

  • Tongue twisters are absolutely hilarious at this age! Try the good old stand-by, “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickles Peppers” and what your child die of laughter!
  • Making up stories and making up silly rhymes is also funny to this age group.

5-7 Years Old: Riddles and Jokes

  • Adult-like humor is going to start at this age!
  • Children begin to understand jokes that have double meanings and meaningful and funny jokes will actually make sense!
  • Kids will start using jokes to interact with their peers
  • Being able to understand the joke is as much fun now as telling the joke!
  • When you are parenting a child of this age, make sure you have tons of riddles and jokes stores up, because your child will be ready for them!

After spending some time working on these skills with your children, you’ll be happy when they are able to diffuse stress in their lives and move past situations that otherwise would have had them stuck in the mud. That’s all we want for our children, is for them to be able to successfully manage the hard times that will show up throughout their lives!

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5 Ways For After School Harmony

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We’ve all been there. Our children may be perfect angels and listen well while they are in school, but once they get home, all bets are off! Why is there the after school frustration? Where did the tears come from when the school day went so seamlessly? These 5 Ways For After School Harmony may help to make sure that the whole day can be peaceful at home, even when the kids get home from school!

Dirt And Boogers created the best tips to help when kids start testing boundaries once they get home from school. It can make any parent frustrated and angry when your child won’t listen to a thing you say once they walk in the door!

But when you think about it, Dirt And Boogers came up with the most perfect reason why our children may do this when they get home from school. They are losing their cool around you because you are the safest person that they can fall apart around! They’ve spent their whole day keeping it together and dealing with a lot of emotions, so when they get home, they let loose and know they can stop restraining themselves without facing the consequences of teachers at school.

And when you think about it, of course you want your child to feel safe enough to fall apart when they have you to lean on!

But…you also need to set boundaries for what your child needs to manage once they do arrive home from a long day at school. So how can you successfully help your child transition from home to school in a successful manner? That’s where Dirt And Boogers steps in!

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Parent taking child to school

  1. Greet Without Drilling Your Child With Questions

After a long day at school, save all of the questions until your child has had a chance to unwind. Who likes to be bombarded with questions as soon as they walk in the door? I know I don’t! If that was me, it would completely stress me out!

Instead, Dirt And Boogers suggests to greet them with statements. Say things like, “It’s good to see you again” and “Welcome home”! Once your child has had a chance to wind down, ask about their day using open-ended questions. These kinds of questions prevent the dreaded one-word answers that never get you anywhere!

Asking questions like, “What was your favorite part of your day?”, “What kinds of things did you do in school?”, “Who did you play with today?”, etc. will help them feel like they have the power to own the conversation, as well!

2. Feed Your Kids After School

Hey, I know how I feel when I’ve had a long day and haven’t had a chance grab a snack. I start getting a little short-tempered and lose my cool much faster than I normally would!

Therefore, make sure you have some healthy snacks ready when they walk in the door! Filling them with energy and getting a little food will help them to be more open to a good afternoon! Fruits, veggies, yogurts, nuts and a nice big glass of water or milk will always do the trick!

3. Let Your Child Rest

A little downtime is key for your child to process their day and handle the stress they may have had to deal with at school! Let them have some time to play and blow off a little steam!

You know your child best. Do they need to burn off energy by running around outside or do they need a little relaxing time by playing tinker toys inside?

Once they have a little time to relax and unwind, you’ll be amazed how well the rest of the evening at home will go!

4. Enforce Rules and Consequences Consistently

While you want to make sure you allow your child to decompress after school, that doesn’t mean that they get to do whatever they want when they come home and rules get thrown out the window!

Dirt And Boogers discussed how children thrive when they know the routine and what is expected of them, so keep things as normal as possible. Let them know that what happens when rules aren’t followed and that they will be disciplined.

5. Make Sure to Connect and Focus On Your Child

You have to make sure that you spent time connecting with your child when they are getting used to a new routine after school! They may push boundaries to see what you will accept if you are lax about what is happening.

By spending one-on-one time with your child, you will be giving them the focus that they need! Even 10-15 minutes will help. This is the time to be present and ask those open-ended questions to connect on their school day.

Making sure that your child knows that you are available and present for them, they will know that they are important and being listened to!

And just like that, the after school routine will start going in a much more positive direction!

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One Amazing Tip to Talk to Children

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Have you ever been talking to a child of yours and you feel like they haven’t even heard a thing you said? You are not alone! Dr. Robyn Silverman talks about this One Amazing Tip to Talk to Children when you just don’t think you’re getting through.

Let’s face it. We’ve all asked our child to put their toys away, clean up their room, get ready for school, and more. Soon, tensions rise, as things just aren’t getting done and before you know it, you may start yelling to get your child to pay attention! How else are you going to get them to listen?! It can be infuriating!

So what do you have to do to get the respect that you are looking for?

Dr. Robyn Silverman has a term for this kind of parenting… the “back-of-the-head parenting”. More often than not, kids won’t respond well when voices get raised. They won’t tune in and soon will not think it’s a big deal at all if you raise your voice to get their attention.

Children who have focusing issues tend to have so much going on in their brain at one time, that you yelling at them may not even be the loudest one they are hearing!

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So the tip that will help your kids tune in, instead of tune you out, will be to engage more than one of their senses. Talk to them and engage their eyes AND their ears! That means that soon, you will be the focus that they should be paying attention to!

Still not getting the results you’re looking for? You may need to turn it up a notch and use a three-sensory approach that Dr. Robyn Silverman uses with her own kids.

Crouch down, look them straight in the eyes and use your voice to convey what you need them to know. Rest your hands softly on their shoulders or arms, too. This will ensure that you will have their full attention and soon, they’ll be able to tune you in the way you are looking for! Here is an example from Dr. Robyn Silverman:

“Noah; we are leaving in 5 minutes. We need to be on time because your friend is waiting and it shows kindness to be on time. Could you please get your shoes and socks on and meet me at the car so we can leave? Thank you. This is going to be fun!”

We all can get overwhelmed and exasperated at times when we are in the middle of a parenting meltdown. But yelling won’t do the trick over and over. We need to utilize other methods of addressing our children to make sure we get their attention and keep it!

This multi-sensory approach will help to keep things in check when the house starts getting a little crazy. It works, is easy to do and will yield the results you’re looking for sooner, rather than later! Good luck!

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10 Tips to Foster a Positive Body Image With Your Daughter

Let’s face it. It can be daunting trying to promote a positive body image when raising a daughter. It can get sticky and thorny and uncomfortable and all of the things that make parenting challenging! We want to say all of the right things and make sure we aren’t promoting negative behavior in our girls as they grow. Hopefully these 10 Tips to Foster a Positive Body Image With Your Daughter will help you navigate these treacherous waters! And as Dr Robyn Silverman found out, this can happen early! Just look at a conversation she recently had with her THREE-YEAR-OLD!

“Mommy; you have a big tushy!”

[Pause. This was one of those moments where I knew I could either mess up totally or help to set the positive body image values that I hold dear. Pause. Breathe. Smile.]

“Well of course I do! I couldn’t have your little ‘Tallie tushy’ on my big Mommy body! Then I couldn’t do all the things I love!”

“Like what?”

“Like…yoga, going for run or chasing after you!”

[I start to tickle her and we have a good laugh.]

“My body allows me to do all my favorite things. What does your body allow you to do?”

“Gahnastics!” She laughed. “And pwaying at the pak!”

“Yes! Out body allows us to do all of those things that we love.”

[I picked her up and we looked in the mirror.]

“Aren’t our bodies amazing? Aren’t WE amazing?”

“Yeah! We amazin’! I amazin’!”

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If only all of our conversations about positive body image could be handled with such grace, knowledge and love! What a great example of how to handle all of those questions and comments that can come out of the mouths of our little girls!

By letting them know that our bodies are how we handle all of the tasks that we face, it helps kids know that it should be something that is admired and respected, not feared or embarrassed about! We do all of our favorite activities with our body and it’s how we express all of the emotions that flow through our body day-in and day-out. We NEED these body and have to remember to incorporate how grateful we are for this amazing vehicle that we use to take us wherever we need to go.

Dr. Robyn Silverman shared 10 great tips that we can do everyday, in order to set a positive groundwork for our daughter’s body image. Take a look!

  1. Speak with Gratitude

Make sure your girls hear you talk about the great things your body allows you to do, instead of being frustrated with the way something looks.

2. Create a Fat-Talk-Free Zone

That’s right! Make sure there is an area in your home (maybe the dinner table?) where your child knows they can always be themselves and not worry about what they eat, how they look, or being caught up in the tendencies that so many young girls tend to do.

3. Acknowledge Hot Button Issues

Do you notice that your daughter tends to have more negative things to say about herself after reading a certain magazine? Is it when she hangs around certain people? How about you? What sets you off? Notice what the hot buttons are in your life, as well as hers, and make sure you make some changes to try to stop the negative behavior dead in its tracks!

4. Find People With a Positive Body Mindset

Are you spending too much time with people who are constantly complaining about their bodies? If you do, you may find that your mind tends to travel to those bad places as well. Which is going to be reflected around your daughter sooner or later. If it’s an important friendship, make sure you let that friend know you are trying to embrace a more healthy and positive lifestyle and language and the negative talk is hindering your own progress. Who knows… you may even make changes in the people around you, too!

5. Where is that Nagging Voice Coming From?

If you constantly hear that voice that’s telling you to lose weight, change the way you look, or do something about a body feature that you may feel self-conscious about, figure out where it’s coming from. Is it someone you hang out with now? Was it an old love? Your parents? By realizing where it came from, you can feel free to release it and know that you are moving towards a more positive place for you and your daughter.

6. Perfection? No Way

There is no such thing as being perfect, so stop trying! Let go of the unattainable and start embracing yourself for exactly who you are. You will show your daughter that no matter what, you are a gift and your body should be respected and taken care of!

7. Exercise for the Right Reasons

Make sure you are exercising to feel good, rather than to drastically change your appearance. Yes, changing the way you look may be an added benefit of starting a new exercise program, but it shouldn’t be the reason that we start. And make sure you’re doing something fun to show your daughter exercising isn’t something that should be dreaded!

8. Volunteer

It may seem odd that this tip would help instill a positive body image in our daughters, but when we help others in need, it tends to give us perspective. There are so many important things in life and people who struggle with life or death situations, that it makes our selfish negative body thoughts seem inadequate. Give your life a sense of purpose and your daughter will see how important it is, as well!

9. Be Kind To Yourself

Stop treating yourself to things after you reach a “goal”. Treat yourself to a new outfit now instead! Or go to lunch with a friend instead of hiding out at home. Enjoy a spa day! By showing your daughter that you deserve to be valued NOW because of who you are NOW, they will know they don’t have to hit any sort of milestone before they should feel good enough for anything!

10. Be a Positive Role Model

It may seem intuitive, given the fact that you are trying to instill a positive body image in your daughter, but it’s so important to remember that they watch, listen, and hear everything that you’re saying! Make sure they are repeating things that you want to hear them say!

What great advice and the tips from Dr. Robyn Silverman are sure to instill a more positive way of thinking in your home. By creating a habit of body positivity, girls are going to see the value of loving their own bodies and work hard towards accomplishing just that!

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