In Lifestyle’s latest podcast, Taryn Brumfitt, stresses that we need to ‘tweak the way we communicate with our children’ about body image.
Chatting about her recent documentary and now global social movement, Embrace, Taryn Brumfitt affirms the importance of eradicating negative self-talk, especially when it comes to young children.
“We’ve struggled with our body image as women and as mothers for a very long time,” Taryn says. “We don’t want to allow this to penetrate or infiltrate our children’s lives; we’re saying no.”
The Adelaide-born director and founder of the Body Image Movement is a firm believer that life’s too short to be at war with our bodies. With three children under ten, Taryn’s no stranger to perpetuating positivity at home, and explains that a healthy perception of body image can stem from the slightest of subtleties.
“If your daughter ever comes to you and says: Mum, do I look pretty in this dress? Turn around and say: Hey, I want to know what you’re going to do in that dress!” Taryn proclaims. “We certainly need to raise our children to have a foundation of values based on who they are and what they do and how they feel and what they contribute to the world.”
But in a world that ‘preys on insecurities’, just how hard a feat is it to train susceptible boys and girls to love their bodies? Acknowledging that it doesn’t happen overnight, Taryn explains that it’s like a muscle you strengthen at the gym. “If we could just tweak the way we communicate with our children it could have a profound impact.”
Taryn’s critically acclaimed documentary Embrace, aims to do just that: change the way people think about their bodies. Labelled as an ‘inspirational eye-opener’, Embrace is still screening in cinemas across the globe a year after its release.
Assuring that it's hard for Embrace to not change your life in some way, Taryn encourages women to not only watch it with their daughters but their sons too. “As individuals, we can endure the toxic messages, but collectively we are powerful and we can push back, and we can inspire one another."