We have been discussing issues related to body control and image in young children. When a child has difficulty developing positive body control and body image, key areas of his/her life and future are affected.
In my last post we discussed the significance of an infant’s body image to growth. As children learn to explore, they develop body control and body image. During this time, children are in relationships with caregivers who play an important role in providing experiences that can enhance both body control and body image.
Our society is consumed and obsessed with how our bodies look and how we feel about them—usually about our weight and body profile. When you consider that children as young as birth-to-five require a healthy perception of their bodies to help them to grow into adults with healthy body images, you can understand the importance of their environment and relationships that impact them in those environments.