There is so much more to a person than how they look, but that doesn’t mean a person won’t feel self-conscious about their appearance for one reason or another. This holds true especially for kids, who are constantly growing and having to adapt to the changes in their bodies. As much as you want your children to feel good about their winning personality and amazing abilities and stop worrying about their looks, they do need to feel confident in their appearance. Here are some important ways you can help.
Help Them Pick Out Clothes
Sometimes, parents provide their children with total freedom when it comes to self-expression through clothing. However, dressing well is a skill that can be taught. Parents do their children a disservice when they neglect to coach them through this important life skill. Shopping together can be a fun way to combine your child’s creative flare with your sense of style. You can gently guide your child away from unflattering cuts and patterns and help them to find outfits they feel comfortable and look attractive in. This should always be done with a positive tone. Never put your child down or tell them that they look bad in something. Simply teach and lead with positive reinforcement.
Resolve Dental Issues
A person’s smile is one of their most important features. The last thing you want is for your child to feel self-conscious about their teeth and stop smiling as a result. Additionally, orthodontic issues can lead to health concerns down the road, such as migraines and improper wear and tear on the teeth. You should consult an orthodontist about braces if you think your kids’ teeth are misaligned. Investing in your child’s smile will always be worth it!
Teach Them Proper Grooming Habits
Kids aren’t born knowing how to groom themselves. This is another life-skill that must be taught, from the time your child is a toddler and through a lot of their adolescence. This may involve some uncomfortable conversations about topics such as body odor or excessive facial hair. However, if you don’t broach the subject with your kids, their peers will, and they will likely not do it kindly. Help your children find a flattering cut and style for their hair. Teach them to clean their bodies and wear deodorant. Keep their clothes clean and in good repair. After all, appearance is largely a matter of grooming.
Your child is amazing, and you know it! Now help them to know it by assisting them with their appearance. Even the most brilliant, talented kids want to look their best. It is an essential part of being able to feel their best, so make sure you’re doing your part!