Young children. I love them. They always have such wide eyed wonder, such curiosity, such a sweet dependence on the Lord that I need more of; yet they are also impressionable. They also will listen to you and often believe a lot of what they hear without filtering it. They need discernment. They need teaching. Deuteronomy 6 talks about teaching your children as you lie down, as you rise up, as you walk by the way.
And teaching children a HEALTHY God glorifying view of food and body and exercise is not easy in a world filled with talk of ‘body sizes’ or foods being ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ It so often focuses the children on what is ‘wrong’ with a food instead of thanking the Lord for that gift of food, whatever it is.
I am so grateful to testify that my parents raised me with no negative connotations around food.
Food was always fun with my parents. We enjoyed Kraft Macaroni and cheese. We enjoyed salads with dressing and croutons. My parents never talked about diets.
Now, in a world of social media, conflicting messages, more exposure to differing opinions and confusing health articles than ever before, how can I as a young woman who has walked through much of it help those younger than me?
that’s what today’s podcast is all about:
Scriptures Mentioned in the Podcast:
Today on the podcast I talked with my dear friend Kalee at Kalee_FightingwithFaith.
We talked about:
– Creating a safe space at home for children to have a positive, healthy thriving relationship with food and body
– Being rooted and grounded in the Word of God and what He says about food and your body.
– Not Demonizing foods but remaining neutral towards them
– Being thankful instead of fearful around food
– How we would encourage people younger than us who are struggling with the gray areas of food (encouraging them not to make it so black and white)
– Remembering that our identity in Christ Jesus is SO MUCH MORE Important than the way our body looks
– God doesn’t make mistakes with the way He created us.
– Kalee shared one of her biggest blessings and recovery wins from 2018!
How do you talk to the young children in your life about things like body image and food in a world where they get so many differing opinions?