We try to mitigate this at home by celebrating people's difference. We focus on the differences between boys and girls. We talk about how Mommy has a lot of freckles or Pap-Pap's gray hair. We call these things beautiful (because they are). We should start to talk about sizes as well - both how we shouldn't point out other people's sizes and how to maintain a healthy size of our own.
It turns out that weight is a discussion that we need to have with our son sooner rather than later. As this article points out, a few recent studies have found that a child's "weight fate" is set by the time he was 5 years old.
That's a scary statistic. I can remember what I was doing at that age: A lot of playing outside and dance classes. Maybe that is why I wasn't a chubby kid.
So, let's think of some ways to help our children stay active:
- Walk. I used to walk to school. Every day (uphill, both ways).
- Chores. Especially ones that involve stairs.
- Sports. Our new house has a fenced in yard that I am crazy excited about.
- Adventures. I regularly create scavenger hunts in the house, I think I need to expand my thinking a bit.
- Biking. My son is a little speed demon on his bike, and that is with the training wheels on!
- Organized activities. Is my son too young for karate? Do I want my little ninja to acquire more skills?