“I’m just not good at it!” He said it after finishing a game a friend had introduced him to. After his first attempt at the game, he was convinced he was no good. It wasn’t for him. He was not worthy. It was interesting and painful to watch my son recognize his inability to do something and then tie it to his identity. Yet how often do we do the same things as adults?
We fail at a project at work. I’m not meant to do this. Or the most recent attempt at grandma’s recipe didn’t turn out like hers…again. I am not a baker. This transition from activity to identity is so subtle and often subconscious. With kids, they often are unaware of the distinction between what I do and who I am. And in a world of comparison and competition, it’s especially difficult when it comes to body image.
“Research shows that elementary school age is when children are at risk of developing a poor body-image.”Justin & Lindsey Holcomb
Elementary age. That is crazy. I don’t even think I started recognizing or knew what body image was until middle school, let alone care about it. The reality is my kids are growing up in a very different world than I did. With the growth and ever-presence of the internet, comparison with perfection is killing our kids. So what can we do? Justin and Lindsey Holcomb write a helpful article giving some ways on “How to Help Children Build a Healthy Body Image“.
There are multiple ways parents and other adults can help kids develop a healthy body image. I appreciate the encouragement from the Holcomb’s. Which one stuck out to you? Which one can you begin in your relationship with kids you know? I’d love to hear any more you have thought of as well. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.
Until Next Time…