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The Role of Mothers

Posted on: June 2, 2010

                              
               Do mothers play a role in creating fat phobia in
               their daughters? Unfortunately, I think the answer
               to this question is ‘yes’.
              
               This kind of want me to reflect on the role of
               mothers in creating this phobia in their daughters.
               Does it stem from the mother? Is this something that
               she has problems with and then she instills these
               same problems in her daughter? 
              
               I think that mothers can cause a lot of dislocation
               for daughters when then constantly criticize and
               make sly comments about their bodies. Some of these
               sly comments may not even be intentional as mothers
               may be trying to work through their own problems
               and weaknesses.
              
               However, daughters absorb all of these comments
               like sponges absorbing water because most
               girls are so unsure of their bodies anyway
               at that time. These kinds of comments just
               seem to exacerbate the whole thing for girls.
              
               This is a very unfortunate situation. A mother’s
               role is to find the good things about her daughter
               and to celebrate these good things, be they physical
               or mental. But the sad thing is that something
               happens when a girl is becoming an adolescent.
              
               Daughters become secretive as to what they are
               going through, be it physical or psychological.
               Mothers, on the other hand, become much more
               critical of their daughters than they did before.
               It’s almost as if a power struggle ensues between
               them, making communication near impossible.
               And this is what really causes difficulties.
              
               Tomorrow, I will reflect on what mothers and
               daughters can do to hopefully help these transitions
               along. 
               
                ~ Irene

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Irene S. Roth, Freelance Writer for Teens, Tweens, and Kids

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