Unfortunately, the feelings of guilt we carry can quite often backfire on our attempts to help our kids attain a healthy weight. We might nag them – which undermines their self esteem. Or we might over compensate by over feeding them – or a combination of both – which is pretty darn confusing for our kids.
We can also be afraid to intervene because we simply don’t know how.
If you have a child struggling with their weight KidsHealth.org is a site with medically supervised information and a good place to start educating yourself. Be sure to work with your child’s pediatrician – it is never wise for us to “put our kids on a diet” without knowing what we’re doing. Children have different nutritional needs that must be met in order not to place their growth and development at risk.
Childhood obesity is a family issue – you may also want to seek the help of a family therapist.
Helping your child attain a healthy weight and develop life-long “healthy habits” that support your child sustaining a healthy weight throughout their lifetime is both a priceless gift to give – and parental responsibility to meet.