How a mom's weight and body image affects her daughter

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How a mom's weight and body image affects her daughter

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We live in a culture that is a diet culture obsessed with thinness and that impacts both how we feel about our bodies and how our girls feel about theirs. One of the really valuable things we can do to help our girls, is to value, appreciate and enjoy our own bodies. So, as a caution watch out for the negative comments you make about your own body; the grimaces in the mirror when you're looking at yourself. Watch those because your daughter is also watching those. And find ways that you can speak positively about your body. Mindfully, find things that you enjoy about your body; things your body can do. Move beyond appearance. You can see the sunset. You can walk. You can hug. You can hug each other. You can both laugh, joyful belly laughs together. All of that feels good in our bodies and celebrating that will help you and your girl.

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Melissa Johnson, PhD

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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