It is important for us to educate our kids about the various types of touch that they experience as a part of their safety. As a parent, we are always concerned and worried about them, but we can’t be with them all the time. So it is advisable that we should let them know about the experience they feel, the touch from an unknown or a stranger.
Small kids are quite innocent and hence they sometimes trust the stranger. So we should make our kids aware about the good and bad intention of the stranger. And it’s the parents who need to ensure that their kids understand the basic concept of self-preservation.
Some points we should notice while trying to explain Good touch to our child.
* Good touch gives a nice feeling and make one feel safe and protected
* Give them an example of a real-life situation like hugs, kisses by you or your spouse.
* Tell them that if they are feeling uncomfortable with anyone’s touch then they have the right to say them. It’s your body so you have a right to deny anyone to touch you
* Show them when they hold their friends or siblings while playing
Bad Touch –
Bad tough is a sign of bad intention of another person which lead the kids to feel unsafe, uncomfortable and insecure.
* Tell your kids that touch on the head or back is ok or acceptable but the touch on private parts like chest, buttocks and genitals is unacceptable
* A touch is a touch whether it happens with clothes on, that will also count.
* Make sure that they call out someone for help if they are feeling uncomfortable or unsafe in any situation
Always listen to them carefully when they want to talk or share anything with you, sometimes it happens they get scared to share if the abuser is a family member or friend.
So always be a good listener to your kids because your child depends on you for his/her safety and happiness.
Make them sure that they will not be punished or scolded by you whenever they want to share anything with you. It will give them more confidence.
Let me know how you handle your kids while sharing this with them so that we can learn more new ways to deal with our kids.
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