Parenting Lessons: Step Four: Teaching Your Daughter the Power of Her Body

The work that you have accomplished so far is an enormous step toward helping your daughter love her body. In the past three steps, you have made strides to conquer irrational fears of fat, learn self-love so that you can model it and to lessen the impact that the media has on your child. In this step, because too many girls emotionally divorce themselves from their physical being, you will learn how to teach your daughter to be fully present in her body, and appreciate the power and strength of her physical self. We teach our daughters about the power of their bodies not because we hope they will become Xena the Warrior, but because love of the body is as much a state of mind as it is a physical state. Viewing themselves as powerful, our daughters will believe that they can leap over obstacles - and we mean that both literally and figuratively.

Involvement in sports can help your daughter view her body as an ally rather than an enemy, leading her to treat herself lovingly.

Encourage Her to Participate in Sports

One of the best ways for your daughter to recognize the power of her body is by participating in sports. Involvement in sports can help your girl to view her body as an ally rather than an enemy, leading her to treat herself lovingly. Athleticism can boost a girl's confidence in what she can accomplish with her body and help her understand how her body can learn to do something it couldn't do before. Because the focus on sports requires participants to view their bodies as functional rather than decorative, female athletes can develop an unwavering sense of their physical competence. Finally, a girl who is confident about her body is at peace emotionally. 

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