Photo Credit: Credit Amy Cheney/ Mamamia.com.au
Polly Pockets, friendship bracelets, and detailed instructions for eating and exercise. That's what Amy Cheney found lying on the floor in her 7-year-old daughter's bedroom, according to HuffPost Parents.
Cheney was blindsided by the "diyet list" because she has always stressed healthy eating and balance. "Weight has never been an issue in our home -- it is, for the most part, irrelevant," she wrote for the Australian website, Mamamia. Turns out Cheney's young daughter was doing what her friend -- another 7-year-old -- had taught her to do. Just two little girls, bonding over dolls and diets. Sad, but not so uncommon.
Research suggests that as many as almost half of preschool aged girls worry about being fat. Whether the pressure is strongest from the family, the media, or their peer groups, girls are getting hit with damaging messages from every direction.
Raising a daughter brings indescribable joy, but also the infuriating and constant need to counteract messages from a society that still puts more value in how girls look than who they are. How do you talk to your daughter about dieting? And do we really have to start when they in are Kindergarten?
Lela Davidson is the author of Blacklisted from the PTA, and Who Peed on My Yoga Mat? Her thoughts on marriage, motherhood, and life-after-40 have appeared in hundreds of magazines, websites, and anthologies.