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Old 04-05-2003, 01:48 PM
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Some kids are just nervous kids. My neighbor's son has always been a picky eater but struggles at school sent his stomach on a roller coaster ride. He was nervous all the time and he had problems eating and going to the bathroom b/c of the few foods he did eat. He saw the school counselor, whom his parents did not like, so they took him outside of school for consultation. He only went once or twice but it helped his parents learn to deal with his nervousness which is part of his personality. Three years later he's doing much better.

Even at six girls have the peer pressure from other girls and often their moms about appearance. I'd try and not make a big deal out of her figure (or lack there of.) It will only emphasis it. When my very skinny son complained that he was so much thinner than the other boys at soccer our response was "EAT!" or at least "eat more." But that made him self conscious of his appearance and brought on new problems. He's going to be a stick - that's fact. It's genetic. We now focus on how everyone is different and how he's fine just the way he is. Some people are thin and can't gain weight, some people are in the middle, some people struggle with not gaining too much. We let him know that if everyone was the same the world would be a boring place and it's differences that makes the world an interesting place. This has worked for us and it may help your daughter focus less on her weight and more about what truly makes a person special and unique. Point out her good character qualities, things she good at and let her focus on those and not things she may perceive as different or unworthy. Girls get that signal enough in society.

I hope your appt on Wednesday brings some beginning to the end. Good luck.

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