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TEACHING YOUR CHILD ABOUT BODY BOUNDARIES

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As parents, one of your primary responsibilities is to ensure the safety and well-being of your children. One important aspect of this is teaching them about body boundaries—the understanding that their bodies belong to them and that they have the right to decide who can touch them and how

Here are some tips for teaching your children about body boundaries by Connecticut Alliance To End Sexual Violence:

 

Start early: It’s never too early to start teaching your children about body boundaries. Even toddlers can understand the concepts of “my body” and “your body”. Use simple language to explain that certain parts of their bodies are private and that no one should touch them without their permission.

Use age-appropriate language: As your children get older, you can explain body boundaries in more detail. Use age-appropriate language and avoid using euphemisms or slang terms for body parts. Be clear and direct in your communication.
Teach them to say “no”: It’s important to empower your children to set their own boundaries. Teach them that they have the right to say “no” if someone tries to touch them in a way that makes them uncomfortable. Practice saying “no” together so that they feel comfortable asserting themselves.
Teach them to speak up: If someone does touch your child inappropriately, teach them to speak up and tell a trusted adult. Reassure them that they won’t get in trouble for speaking up and that it’s important to tell someone so that they can get help.
Model appropriate behaviour: Children learn by watching their parents and other adults. Model appropriate behaviour by respecting your child’s body boundaries and asking for their permission before hugging or touching them. Also, be mindful of your own behaviour around your children and avoid using physical punishment or threats.
Keep communication open: It’s important to keep the lines of communication open with your children so that they feel comfortable coming to you with any concerns or questions. Make it clear that you are always there to listen and support them.
Much Love,
Shai_Quan xx

Written by: Chareen Kauazunda

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