Encouraging a Healthy Body Image

What Is Body Image?

Body image is the way you feel about your body. Children who have a healthy body image feel good about their bodies. They are happy with how they look, how their body moves and grows, and what their body can do. Body image is part of a child’s whole self-image.

Having a good body image helps kids feel confident. It adds to their self-esteem. Children with a poor body image don’t feel good about their body or looks. A poor body image can take away from a child’s self-image. It can lower self-esteem.

A healthy body image grows over time. It starts in babyhood. It builds as kids grow. It changes when kids go through puberty. It gets shaped by what others say. At every stage, parents can do things to help support a child’s healthy body image.

Body Image in Babies and Toddlers


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5 ways to help parents support their kids’ mental health

For all working parents, the balance between fulfilling job responsibilities and the needs of their children can be precarious. For those helping their child navigate the complexities of a mental health condition, there is often little time for anything else, and without proper employer support, a manageable balance becomes impossible. 

An estimated 49.5% of adolescents have had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The most common adolescent disorders include anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and eating disorders. The time parents must spend on care and support can be overwhelming, says Jill Cassone, the founder of private academy Success4School and an educational diagnostician with a background in regular and special education, as well as specialized ADHD training.

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