Body Image: Do Better
I'm an adult.
I think things like, "How do I look?"
I look in the mirror and cringe on a regular basis. It doesn't strike me as an abnormal reaction. I don't often bother to verbalize my thoughts about it...
And yet today when I waiting for my six year old daughter to change into her swim suit I heard her say, "the top of my legs are so fat and ugly."
My first reaction was anger. "What?"
Then reason, "We don't talk like that about ourselves."
She looked at me stunned. I'm not sure what she thought my reaction would be, but I definitely did something she wasn't expecting.
Good! I thought. Now I have her attention. I had to figure out what to do with it, and fast.
I know my girl and there is only a limited window of use of sustained attention.