No matter the gender, the rules are the same. Accepting your body and being comfortable in your own skin benefits boys as much as it does girls. Up until recently, this notion has been swept under the rug for boys and there was not a lot of discussion concerning ways to teach your son about body positivity. But the effects of fostering this sense of power in your son will give him the outlook he needs to live a full life.
"Positive body image is integral to the development of confident, healthy human beings," according to The Body Positive's website. The way you think about your body matters, because the self-talk that surrounds body image can make or break your confidence. Setting the standard for positive and healthy ideas about the way your body looks can never start too young. Planting the seed of appreciation for his body will grow with your son and spill over into adulthood. Instilling a healthy outlook about bodies will help the next generation to be more accepting of themselves and others.
You don't need a formal sit down talk to pass on body positivity to your son, make the conversation ongoing and useful with these nine ideas.