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Starting conversations with your child about positive body image

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Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to offer parents advice and information to help children and young people build confidence and feel good about themselves. In this article, we look at ways to talk to your child about how they’re feeling

When a young person is dealing with external pressures to look a certain way and faces changes in their appearance, it may have a negative impact on their self-esteem and confidence.

‘It is not always easy to know what to say or where to start’

As a parent, it is natural to want your child to be happy, healthy and confident. All too often parents are advised to ‘talk’ to their child about body image. But, even with the best of intentions, it is not always easy to know where to start and what to say.

The Dove Self-Esteem Project works with experts in the fields of psychology, body image, eating disorders and more, gathering advice on key topics that they know can have an impact upon a young person’s self-esteem. 

Dove’s Uniquely Me parent guide provides you with support and guidance so that you feel better equipped to have the right conversations to help boost your child’s self-esteem.

This parent guide is made up of a series of articles covering key topics that affect self-esteem. It is designed to be simple to use and includes:

  1. An introduction to a theme and why it is relevant.
  2. An Action Checklist full of body confidence boosting ideas from self-esteem experts helping you make practical changes.
  3. A Let’s Get Started section providing you with some ways to start the conversation.

Read more about how to talk to your child about developing a positive body image.

‘How I feel about myself really affects how she feels about herself’

In this video, Dove asks mothers what they like and don’t like about their appearance and then poses the same question to their daughters. The film shows how daughters tend to like and dislike the same aspects of their appearance as their mother, showing how the way we talk about our body image and our own beauty confidence can influence those close to us.

Download your FREE 40-page parent guide to boosting your child's self-esteem here

This downloadable pdf contains expert advice from Dove Self-Esteem Project global experts from the fields of psychology, body image, self-esteem, eating disorders and media representation to create a resource for parents that is focused on advice and action.  

Teachers: for free downloadable teaching resources, go to the Dove Self-Esteem Project area on

These pages are brought to you by Parent Zone and the Dove Self-Esteem Project


The advice published on Parent Info is provided by independent experts in their field and not necessarily the views of Parent Zone or NCA-CEOP.

First published: March 2018


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