My beautiful, strong, healthy 6 year old daughter has been in tears twice this last week because she says she has ‘chubby legs’. This would be an issue no matter what her physique but she’s actually tall, willowy and athletic, and not remotely chubby at all! I don’t know where she has got this idea from and I don’t really know what to say. I have told her that she is perfect and not one inch of her needs to change, but she is still upset. I am at a loss and feel so sad that she would be so self critical at such a young age.
But she must know where she got the idea that she's chubby? Does she use the internet unsupervised or have her school friends been discussing weight?
No point at all in panicking - I've been conscious of my weight since I was her age, and, apart from my constant stressing about being over fat being a complete PITA for me I haven't developed bulimia or anorexia nervosa. Or actually been overweight.
I read a nice idea once about writing compliments on little bits of paper and folding then up and placing them in a nice jar. Just simple things like 'You have a beautiful smile' or 'You're kind'. And every day get your child to pick a piece of paper at random so they get a different random compliment everyday. I plan to do it for my daughter when she's older