7 tips for helping your child focus on their health — not the number on the scale

Throughout my elementary years I was a pudgy kid. By the time my lingering baby fat had fallen off I had learned to think of myself as overweight, unattractive, and lazy. I wore layers to hide my body, never went swimming in a group, and was a chronic dieter until my early twenties when I essentially stopped eating altogether. I eventually climbed out of that hole but here I am at twenty-six and I find myself feeling like that fat kid all too easily.

How can I talk to my tween sister about breasts and other body parts?

I'm not a mom, but I'm getting lots of practice while helping raise my nieces and cousins and by living with my twelve-year-old sister, Angela. Angela is on the cusp of puberty and doesn't really have a parent to talk to — my mom sent her to live with us, and my dad isn't much use for gender-specific troubles. I'm stepping up to the plate, but am being confronted with some sticky situations.

Being pregnant is changing my body and I LOVE IT

Before I got pregnant, I really didn't like my body. I thought I was fat, thought I wasn't good enough, you know… things a lot of young girls and women deal with. I gained weight and got stretch marks, and that sent me into a deep dark place of self loathing and despair that I wasn't beautiful anymore.