By Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert, Newsweek
Two books look at the influence mothers have on their daughters’ body image – and how women can instill confidence instead of insecurity.
The next time you take a look in the mirror and find yourself asking, “Does my butt look fat in this dress?,” it might be worth also asking whether you should thank your mom for such thoughts. That’s the thesis of two new books that explore the influence of mothers on their daughters’ developing body images. These aren’t the typical “blame mom for everything” tomes that we usually want to toss against a wall. (After all, we are moms ourselves—as well as daughters.) Rather, both books—one by journalist Dara Chadwick and the other by Laura Arens Fuerstein, a therapist—offer reassuring and practical advice for raising confident daughters and overcoming negative messages you may have received from your own mother.
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