In case you haven’t heard, body positivity is more at the forefront of conversations than it's ever been, and it’s not just a passing fad. More and more, people are getting down with the idea that all bodies are awesome, no matter how small or large, no matter what they can or cannot do, no matter what they look like. It’s the kind of movement I can certainly get behind. While awesome in other ways, I did not grow up with parents who knew how to raise body positive kids. I was often teased for my appearance, whether it be for the “bump” on my nose, for having “too much” body hair, or for having just a little “too much” belly fat. The teasing wasn’t usually meant to be hurtful, but that doesn’t mean my 10 or 13 or 17-year-old self didn't get very hurt by it.
As a parent, I’m so happy to finally have a word that accurately describes the kinds of philosophies I hold in regards to my body and the way I’d like to raise my son to love his body. I’m also glad that I have many friends who are also body positive, and who have given me advice on ways I can raise a body-positive child. Here are some of the gems I’ve come up with and collected along the way: