In Part 1 of the Body Image Workshop we talked about how to start off on the right foot with body image and our littlest kids, so that positive body image is a habit, a way of life, and not something we introduce later on down the road.
One of the tips we gave was to image proof your home. Marci suggested clearing out the negative messages and replacing them with positive ones. It’s a pretty simple exercise actually, just look around your house for magazines, books, posters or anything that promotes the unrealistic images of beauty that surround us today. Even though, kids this young aren’t reading yet, they are soaking in everything they see around them and we need to make sure that what they see is helpful and not harmful.
I went around my house last week and snapped photos of all of the images of women that Amelia (and Benny) would see around our home. With the exception of a couple of wedding photos and some baby photos, these are all of the images of women in our home.
Study the images of women that my children are growing up with. *We do not have fashion magazines or catalogs or celebrity gossip magazines in our home.*
What messages do you think they are getting?
What are they seeing about body size, different types of skin color, different types of beauty, different version of femininity? What messages are they getting about the things in life that you can do with your body?
Is the focus of these photos looking beautiful, or feeling beautiful?