Healthy Relationships

For the Love of Your Daughter’s Self-Esteem

April 26, 2021

If you’re trying to raise a teenage girl with a healthy body image, it could easily feel like the entire world is fighting you. While that’s not true, those concerns make sense because popular culture worships thinness—especially in women. 

We don’t have to tell you about the artificial, filtered images of women you and your daughter see all day every day—in social media, television, magazines, billboards, and on and on. You might already be concerned about those damaging messages, maybe because you know how they’ve negatively affected your own perceptions. 

But what can you do about it? And, most important, how do you encourage your adolescent daughter to grow into a woman who has a positive image of herself, productive life goals, and healthy eating and exercise habits?  

It’s not easy, but it is doable. Here’s how you can help keep her moving in the right direction.

Encouraging your daughter’s self-respect and positive opinions about her body can affect her for the rest of her life, even setting off a chain reaction when she grows up and has a family of her own. The guidelines above can help. But if you suspect your daughter is struggling with low self-esteem or an eating disorder, consult a doctor. She’s not alone and there’s plenty of help available.