One of the biggest lessons my partner teaches my daughter about body confidence is that women are, well, tough. He was raised by a strong woman who, I think, was aware she didn't have what society considers to be the "perfect body," but knew her value didn't come from her appearance. Between his mom and his feminist wife, my partner knows there are things every grown-ass man teaches his daughter about body confidence.
Whenever my family talks about bodies and exercise, we talk about strength, not size. For example, if my husband asks me what I did at the gym on a particular day, he asks if I felt strong and not how many calories I burned. Then he usually suggests about eight ways on how I could improve my workout so I could feel even stronger. To which I usually reply, "Stop micromanaging me, I'm grateful I can still move after chasing a toddler around all day!" Still, and usually, I enjoy his overall point. He doesn't give a hoot about what I weigh or what size pants I wear and, instead, is entirely more impressed with what I can benchpress. I'm grateful this is what my daughter will pick up from his example.
When talk about what we eat, we talk about managing our choices to get more nutrition (and sometimes fewer margaritas) into our bodies. When we are discussing nutrition and exercise, it's about feeling strong, energetic, and keeping our bodies healthy so we can stick around as long as possible and watch our little daughter get stronger and stronger. My daughter is just a toddler, sure, but her mind is a sponge and I know these conversations are valuable in teaching her to love, accept, and celebrate her body. So, with that in mind, here's just a few ways a grown-ass man teaches his daughter unapologetic body confidence: