Body Image

Helping your child develop a positive body image

Children are naturally born with a positive body image. They enjoy using their bodies and what they can do. As they grow up they begin to notice how they are seen by others. Setting a good example as a parent or carer can help;  for example, praising children for their abilities or actions instead of how they look. People often find themselves complimenting girls on how they look or what they are wearing for example. Parents and carers can also practice being positive about their own and others’ appearance.
There are many books for this age group on noticing and celebrating differences and we’ve selected a few below. Being equipped with a positive self-image can help a child’s overall mental health, and give them confidence as they grow and develop.

Young boy posing and smiling, healthy body image.
With thanks to Ben White on Unsplash


Books for children