Messages About Me: New Children’s Books on Healthy Body Image from Educate & Empower Kids
By Dina Alexander, MS
Educate and Empower Kids is proud to announce the release of its first children’s books:
Messages About Me: Sydney’s Story A Girl’s Journey to Healthy Body Image
Messages About Me: Wade’s Story A Boy’s Quest for Healthy Body Image.
These fun, extremely relatable stories help kids see they are not alone in feeling confused and sometimes bombarded by “messages” all around them.
Join Sydney and Wade on their journeys as they first struggle and then–with the help of parents and friends–come to understand they are happy to be themselves and are truly beautiful the way they are.
Our kids receive hundreds, possibly thousands of messages every day from friends, family members, acquaintances, advertisements, social media, TV, and elsewhere.
So many of these messages are about our bodies and can alter the way we see ourselves.
It is so important for us to teach our kids to filter out negative messages and develop a healthy body image. And that is the purpose of these books!
Written by parents and professionals who have struggled with body image issues themselves and understand the magnitude of cultural, familial and media messaging, these books are a great way to combat the barrage of negative messages continually saturating our kids.
Be sure to read Messages About Me more than once with your child and check out the highly useful workbook section at the end of the story. With meaningful discussion questions, activities, and tips, it provides parents and teachers ample opportunities to teach and reinforce positive body image practices. These resources focus on messages we receive from peers, adults and media, how to combat unhealthy messages and how to develop a truly healthy body image.
Parents can pick and choose from various discussion questions, reread the books during different phases of life and engage in other important discussions when their child is ready.
Later this year, check out our EEK Products for our other children’s books, Noah’s New Phone, which focuses on using technology for good and Petra’s Power to See, a guide for kids to be more image and media savvy.
Dina Alexander is the founder and president of Educate and Empower Kids. She is the creator of How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography and the 30 Days of Sex Talks and 30 Days to a Stronger Child programs. She received her master’s degree in recreation therapy from the University of Utah and her bachelors from Brigham Young University. She is an amazing mom and loves spending time with her husband and three kids.