When it comes to child sexual abuse, many parents are left scratching their heads, wondering how best to approach the topic with their children. Many wonder, is it possible to teach my child body safety without scaring him, or making him fearful and paranoid? In a word… YES!
There are countless ways parents can reinforce safety messages with children just by optimizing teachable moments found in everyday events. I'm a believer in “sound bite parenting” where life lessons are shared with kids in small segments over time. When children hear repetitive, consistent messages in small bits (a few minutes or less), it helps them process and apply what they've learned. A one-and-done conversation about body safety isn't enough to reinforce this important life lesson. Children need to be reminded about body safety over time, as well as empowered and encouraged to know what action to take to protect themselves.
The theme for this three-part series is, “Carpe Momento!” Seize everyday moments as teaching opportunities for your children. Over the next three days, I will share ideas and tips you may wish to try when talking with your kids about keeping their bodies safe. It really isn't a hard thing to do… and can even be fun!
Working to improve the world one child at a time, Ginger has made it her life mission to raise awareness of the world-wide epidemic of child abuse. An impassioned child advocate, trainer, speaker and child forensic interviewer, Ginger can be contacted via her website “Ginger Kadlec: 4UrKids™” at gingerkadlec.com.