Last week we were talking about how important it is to show children that we are available to listen to them, that we want them to tell us about things that are bothering them. How did you get on with the exercises last week? We found the easiest part telling the kids we loved them and wanted to hear if something was bothering them. How about you?
This week we will be talking about bodies and how important it is to use the proper names for bodies!
Children who know the proper names of their body parts, including their genitals, and are used to talking about their bodies with their caregivers may find it easier to talk about inappropriate touching if it happens.
The more matter-of-factually, and without embarrassment, we can talk about bodies, the easier it is for children to talk to us about those parts of their bodies. They often learn from us what is embarrassing or shameful, and if we are not embarrassed talking about bodies it can make it easier for them. When children don’t hear their adults talking about bodies, they can learn that it’s something they shouldn’t talk about, which can make it hard to speak up about inappropriate touch.
This week caregivers can:
Ruth Davy-Fundraising Manager, HELP Auckland