Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues can affect any family, at any time. Buts stigmas around these issues can prevent parents from reaching out for help, for fear that they or their child will be judged.

Fortunately, there’s hope. People are breaking down barriers and talking more openly about mental illness and mental health issues. And with increased awareness and visibility comes greater access to resources for parents who struggle with these challenges.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as depression, self-harm, and how to obtain the help your child needs.

How Can I Help My Daughter Develop Better Eating Habits?

Kate Davis, MS, RD, CCSD, LDN
Owner, RDKate Sports Nutrition
1740 Quincy Ave, Naperville, IL

The best way that you can help your daughter develop better eating habits is by starting with your own. What foods are you purchasing at the grocery store? What types of foods do you eat at mealtime? What do you snack on in front of your daughter? By showing her what is it to eat well, she will have a good role model to follow. Your job as a parent is to choose the food that is brought into the house and provide those foods at meals and snacks. Her job is to decide what she will eat from what you have provided and how much she will eat. If you are dissatisfied with what she chooses or how much, do not make any comments. Regardless of the motivation, this will only cause stress surrounding food and eating. Instead, seek the help of a professional. A registered dietitian can be a great source of education who is – most importantly – not a family member. A registered dietitian can help her better understand how to make good choices most of the time, but also have that pepperoni pizza once in a while because it is just so tasty.

If your daughter is stressed about her weight and appearance – again, the best thing you can do is to be an example of acceptance of your own weight and appearance. Love your body. Compliment your appearance. Whether you are a mom or a dad, avoid making negative comments about your appearance and weight around your daughter. By hearing you compliment your own body she will more easily do the same when she looks in the mirror. Compliment your daughter for the things other than appearance. Is she a great dancer? Does she have a fantastic sense of humor? Is she a loving and caring person? Show her by your comments what is truly important.