"My 8-year-old son is worried about how he looks – is this my fault?" An expert explains.
It started innocently enough when my son Toby asked if he could cut his beautiful long curly hair.
I thought I would help him decide on a new style by showing him some photos, but the more we looked, the more he began wishing for ‘cool’ hair like some of the boys online or one of his friends.
A few months ago, he requested that I buy him some ‘trendy t-shirts’ and as someone who doesn’t mind retail therapy, I was happy to oblige his newest interest. More recently and more worryingly, I noticed that he started to weigh himself on the bathroom scales and when I asked why, he said he was hoping to get ‘bigger and stronger’.
Toby is beautiful to me because I am his mother. I look at his eight-year-old face and I still see those chubby baby cheeks just underneath. Between him and his little brother Leo, their two faces are my favourites in the whole wide world and it upsets me that he wants to change anything at all.
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