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Let's Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect: Teach children about body ownership, respect, feelings, choices and recognizing bullying behaviors Paperback – Nov. 10 2017
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Teaching young children about body boundaries, both theirs and others, is crucial to a child's growing sense of self, their confidence and how they should expect to be treated by others. A child growing up knowing they have a right to their own personal space, gives that child ownership and choices as to what happens to them and to their body. It is equally important a child understands, from a very young age, they need to respect another person's body boundary and ask for their consent when entering their personal space. This book explores these concepts with children in a child-friendly and easily-understood manner, providing familiar scenarios for children to engage with and discuss. It is important that the reader and the child take the time required to unpack each scenario and explore what they mean both to the character in the book, who may not be respecting someone's body boundary, and to the character who is being disrespected. It is through these vital discussions that children will learn the meaning of body boundaries, consent and respect. Learning these key social skills through such stories as 'Let's Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect' and role-modelling by significant adults can, importantly, carry forward into a child's teenage years and adult life.
"Sensitive, yet straight to the point. Jayneen Sanders has written the perfect book to start critical conversations between parent and child about consent and respect." Dr Justin Coulson PhD www.happyfamilies.com.au
About the Author
Sarah Jennings is a children's book illustrator based in London.At a very young age she discovered a love of drawing and has been scribbling in a sketchbook ever since! Since graduating in 2013 she has worked on a variety of books. Sarah works from her home studio in the company of her three-legged cat, Calvin.
- Publisher : Educate2empower Publishing (Nov. 10 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 42 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1925089185
- ISBN-13 : 978-1925089189
- Item weight : 154 g
- Dimensions : 21.59 x 0.28 x 27.94 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My complaint is about just one word, but I feel it's a major issue. The text, intended to be read to the child says that one of the childs 'safe' people should be outside the family. I understand the reasons why safeguarding people think this is a good idea, but what do they know of each childs individual circumstances? How do they know the child knows someone outside the family who is suitable? Potentially they could be encouraging the child to make an unsafe contact, for the sake of it being outside the family. The word 'could' could have been substituted, or there could have been a more detailed attempt to describe what a safe person is, how they make you feel etc.
I shall just be changing the wording of that part, otherwise it should be useful introduction to this topic.
As a wheelchair user I was also really happy not just to see a fellow wheelchair user shown in the book, but that their “body boundary” went around their chair. Having had a stranger move me in my chair without permission I know it’s a lesson some people need! Overall a great book I’m very glad I bought.
My daughter is only 21 months but it’s never too early to start introducing consent and respect!
We read through it together, talk about the images and she’s now began repeating bits to me, for example I’ll point to the girl who doesn’t want a kiss and she will say “she’s sad” and when I ask why she replies “don’t want kiss, want hi five”. It shows me she is beginning to understand parts of the book, she has also started to tell us no if we ask for a hug or kiss and she’s not in the mood, which is great, as she’s learning her body is hers. As the book says “your body is yours, and you are the boss of it!”.
I think this book is a great foundation and starting point for any parent.
The illustrations are great too, although this probably is aimed at older children, it’s definitely engaging for toddlers thanks to the beautiful imagery!