Am I Accidentally Body Shaming My Tween?

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Am I Accidentally Body Shaming My Tween?

The language we use around our tweens and teens matter. So how can you broach a tricky topic like healthy eating and changing bodies without making them feel self-conscious, or giving them a complex? 

That's the dilemma a listener is facing this week, so Ginni and Jo give some tips on talking about food and body image during this tender age. Plus, they discuss the casual use of serious language some teens use, like "I'm depressed" and "I want to kill myself", and how you can make sense of what they're saying.


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Hosts: Dr Ginni Mansberg & Jo Lamble

Find a copy of The New Teen Age here: 

Producer: Emmeline Peterson

Audio Engineer: Rhiannon Mooney

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