We learn a lot about life we learn from our parents as we are growing up. So much so, that I bet you can remember things that your mother said to you when were are a little girl, even now!
That is why it is essential that we set the best example for your own daughters regarding physical and mental health. But what does that look like?
Food and fitness
First of all, it’s a good idea to get the basics right. Including eating well and exercising. Now everyone has their own view and struggles with these sorts of things, and it’s not for me or anyone else, to tell you what to eat or what how to exercise.
Instead, try and instil some more basic habits into your kids through your or own example. So that means having a good diet, not being afraid to try new things, and getting the right balance between treats and healthier food. Hint: it’s totally cool to have treats now and again you don’t have to cut everything out entirely!
Another way in which we can serve our daughters well is to model good emotional well-being for them. Although this isn’t always the easiest thing to do when you’re a mum, as you have everyone else to look after before you can see to yourself!
But really, what message is this giving our daughters, that she should work herself into the ground just so everyone else is OK? That she can only take time off when no one else needs her?
Surely we want to raise strong, wise daughters that know when to push harder in life, and when to ease off and take a rest to recuperate? If so, then this is definitely something that they will learn from watching you. So ensure that you are compassionate to yourself as well as the other members of your family.
We can also be of great influence to our daughters, especially as they start to grow up is in the area of women’s health.
Explaining the changes that occur in the body can help with this.
As can demonstrating that we are looking after our own female health issues by being open about our own experiences with women’s health providers such as the London Womens Centre, or the NHS. As this can help our daughters develop the confidence to seek medical advice when it’s needed and have true control over their own health.
Lastly, one of the most important things to demonstrate to our daughters from our own behaviour is how to find joy in life.
If you are stuck doing things you hate every day, and make no time for fun, laughter or creativity, not only will you be miserable, but you could be setting your daughter up for a fall in later life as well.
That is why is a great idea to take some time every day to do something that you love and that nourishes your soul.
You can even share this time with your daughter if you choose to, which will help her develop this habit as she matures.