When I was in the 4th grade, I got called “Nipsey Russell” by the boys in my class (I’m dating myself, but Nipsey Russel was a TV comedian waaaayyyy back in the day). Obviously, my attempts to hide my budding breasts under baggy shirts wasn’t working, and I finally...
Mamas are sometimes as anxious as girls when everyone joins a puberty class. To calm your worries (and warm your heart), watch for these things as she settles in and absorbs the information and reassurances.
It's normal to feel anxiety rising when you look at your little girl and realize she's on the way to puberty. Maybe one of her friends is developing, or maybe she tosses out some attitude that feels unfamiliar and prickly. Don't panic. Just prepare – yourself first, THEN your girl. Here are 3 things for you to do.
I was pretty sure anorexia was one health condition my girls would not have to deal with. I raised them with body positivity and confidence-growing experiences. They had open-access to ice cream and other treats in the house. I wasn’t worried…Until I realized that my daughter was anorexic.
As much as you and other adults may love her unconditionally (and that is the essential foundation on which all this other lovable-ness is built), feeling loved by the grown-ups in her life won’t check this particular box for her. She needs more.
Dealing with our own body issues is tough enough, but how do we handle it if we have concerns about our own child’s weight? And even if we don’t have concerns about their size or weight, how do we help them love and trust their bodies while skipping the self-criticisms?
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