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Kids Hear What You Say, and They Believe It!
I write this section for talk show hosts, newscasters, parents, teachers, coaches, doctors, and anyone who speaks where children can hear you. If you are a public figure or a role model for kids, it is especially important for you to be aware of this concept:
Kids hear what you say about yourself,
Watch the news. Most of the time when a reporter does a story about body size, weight, plastic surgery, or looks in general, the reporter adds a disparaging comment about their own body. A tiny female reporter on the morning news talks about her fat thighs. A prominent reporter who is thin comments "I'm not as thin as I should be." Reports on liposuction, stomach stapling, and tummy tucks, sound more like infomercials than news stories.
The media is supposed to present the facts about the news of the day. Instead, our kids are bombarded with body loathing comments and emotions. This damages all of us. But it especially damages children and teens.
When you make body loathing
Every time you say that your butt is too big or your arms are too flabby, you are planting the seeds of body loathing in everyone who heard, especially the kids. Listen to what you say. Kids hear what you say about yourself and they believe it. Notice how often you make negative comments about your looks, or size, or hair, or whatever. If you continued to do this, YOU would be teaching the children who hear you to do the same.
Make a promise to yourself NOW.
Make a promise to the children who hear you.
Stop saying negative things about your body.
Kids will follow your lead.
You can lead them well.
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