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My Body! What I Say Goes!: Teach children body safety, safe/unsafe touch, private parts, secrets/surprises, consent, respect

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Parents, caregivers, and educators have a duty of care to protect children by teaching them Body Safety skills. Jay is also an accomplished children's book author, writing a number of titles for such literacy series as ZigZags, Totally Kidz, Deadly and Incredible, and a children's picture book series for Penguin. Since that time, she has authored and produced numerous award-winning titles for the educational publishing industry. And remember, it’s crucial to know that a child is never, ever to blame if someone acts in an unsafe way. So, if you’re looking for a book that can help you have important conversations with your kids about love, sex, relationships, and growing up, I highly recommend My Body, What I Say Goes by Janine Sanders.

and 'Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept', will teach children the following crucial and empowering skills in personal body safety: • identifying safe and unsafe feelings • recognizing early warning signs • developing a safety network • using the correct names for private parts • understanding the difference safe and unsafe touch • understanding the difference between secrets and surprises • respecting body boundaries. It’s a great resource for parents who want an easy way to talk to their kids about love, sex, relationships, and growing up. More importantly, Jay is a mother of three teenage girls and has been a school councillor at her local primary school for over seven years. The book emphasizes that no one should touch a child’s private parts and that they belong only to them.I read it with my 4, 7 and 9 year olds, and they all really appreciated it (my 4 year old and the big ones didn't get the same benefits, obviously. My son’s curiosity about who has what body parts naturally flowed into a conversation about consent and what should be kept private. Jay's ongoing passion for the safety and empowerment of children continues today with new manuscripts and free-to-download Body Safety resources always in the wings. I think I would also include that "private parts" or "no-touch parts" can be anywhere on your body that makes you feel uncomfortable or that you don't want anyone to touch.

It's imperative to teach our children how to look after themselves when we aren't around and this book explains things in a way they can grasp. I thought that this book was very accessible and gave some very helpful strategies that are easy to implement. It also provides clear steps to take if someone does touch their private parts or wants to see them. Prevents them from suppressing their emotions and it prompts them to speak up and advocate for them selves. I like that the author includes the mouth as a private part, meaning "just for me," so that kids might recognize an abuse before it happens (she doesn't say this outright).She started her teaching career in the 1980s as an elementary school teacher in rural Queensland, Australia. There are a couple of things I would change, like including nipples in the discussion of private parts and using more inclusive language.

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