Tips For Parents

Brenda Keane, Founder of BeKeane Healthy & Fit writes about her body loving journey and the 'why' behind her fun and functional activewear. She also shares her exciting new Embrace Kids leggings range with part proceeds going directly to our Embrace Kids documentary!...

Well, hello! As I write this I am currently sitting at The Bondi Skate Park in Sydney watching my 10-year-old, Oliver do tricks on his scooter while I put together this little update for you. I’m not usually down with doing two things at once, especially when it comes to my children. I like to stay present and enjoy time with them, but the current trip I’m on in Sydney is a work trip—so ‘Mr 10-year-old’ Oliver has to work with me on this occasion. I have to say the view isn’t too shabby and there is nothing I love more than being out in fresh air with a few rays of sun falling down on me…it’s bliss. The past few years has been quite a big juggle for me, trying to...

What parents need to understand, is that we are kings and queens in the minds of our children. They look up to us and we have to model positive behaviour when it comes to our bodies and the relationships we have with our bodies. I’ve had many discussions over the years with mums in particular whose child has developed a dissatisfaction for their body and how it looks, and the conversations I have with that particular mum is that they have exercised their bodies and dieted as a form of punishment, not pleasure. Our kids hear and see everything, and in our homes, we need to promote a safe space for them to flourish. Remove scales; don’t allow that square box to determine your worth. In terms of older kids and social...

What Age Can I Bring My Kids to see Embrace? This is a question that has been coming up quite a bit. There are some themes in Embrace that parents might see as unsuitable for their children. We fully appreciate that every child is unique and what might be appropriate for one child is not appropriate for another. With that in mind, I have outlined below the areas in Embrace that were mentioned in the New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification’s report when giving the film an unrestricted M (mature) rating. Accompanied, are their reasonings of why these segments are justified within the overall context of the film. The film includes: A reasonable amount of non-sexual nudity This includes brief depictions of women’s breasts, buttocks and genital nudity in medical and natural...

I would say the answer to this question is a resounding YES. Yes, for two fundamental reasons. The first is to ensure that as a parent you engender a healthy body image in your children. The second is because as a society we need to stop the fat shaming and discrimination that is pervasive in the Western world. Let me talk about the first point. As we all know, parents are role models for their children. This is both amazingly powerful and downright terrifying in equal measure. We can have a strong desire for our children to embrace their bodies and have a healthy sense of self, but is this possible if we, as parents, do not hold the same values for our own body? Can we expect our children to...

There’s no denying that our culture and the media are obsessed with women’s looks and if you open any fashion magazine or watch a music video you’ll know that the media is not kind to our girls. We need to armour our girls and protect them from the unrealistic expectations and unattainable ideals of beauty. When children feel good about themselves they are better equipped to resist negative pressures and have an easier time handling conflict. So what can we do to help them?  Be mindful of your language – if you spend time critiquing yourself and your own body (and others) your daughter is going to be influenced by what you say and negative diet talk or judging others will become part of her language and vocabulary Place less emphasis on how...