Now that the world is currently on pause, you may find that you are more in tune with your children’s eating habits (Arg! Did you have snack every 15 minutes at school too?) and possibly your own eating habits as well.
During this time of quarantine,
- Are you more aware of the food in your refrigerator or pantry?
- Are you more aware with how much and how often you are eating?
- Are you more sensitive to how your clothes feel on your body?
We are saturated in a culture that says we are to eat certain foods to stay healthy and we must keep a certain figure to be “normal”. We hear that we need to “eat clean” and intermittently fast. We see people posting pictures of their watches with the stats from their finished workouts.
Being forced to stay home, without outside distraction, we may be more sensitive to these messages.
But all those messages and my reactions are staying in my head right? Those messages won’t affect my daughter because she doesn’t see or hear them. Right?
How are those diet culture messages in your head affecting your daughter?
Your daughter is listening to everything you say and watching everything you do. You may think she is not aware of our your relationship with food, exercise, or your own body image, but she is.
Let’s think back to your childhood. What were your mealtime or exercise experiences as a young girl?
Mothers and daughters often have some similar patterns regarding food, eating, weight, and body image. Your choices as a mother will influence your daughter’s choices, just like your mother’s influenced yours. This includes what you think and what you say out loud.
If there were actionable steps you could take to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship, improve your daughter’s relationship with food, and strengthen your daughter’s relationship with her own body, wouldn’t you take them?
Here’s where you can begin.
4 Things Moms Should Never Say To Their Daughter About Food includes four common phrases you may say to your daughter. Some phrases you may have even heard from your mother. By rewording these common phrases, you will help prevent eating problems or start to heal current eating situations.