Today, I’m writing about one of those subjects that you wish you didn’t have to talk about. However, in a world where one in four women and one in six men have been or will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, one of the things that it’s important to talk to children about is body parts and the associated good touches and bad touches that they can be exposed to.
So, in aid of having those kind of discussions with my children, I received a copy of God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb to review. This is a book that is designed to help have an appropriate body part conversation with your children who are 2-8 years old.
In this colorful and text-heavy book, parents are having a conversation with their children about how each part of their body was made by God and is special. They discuss how private parts aren’t to be shared with other people. They discuss how you can refuse a hug or a kiss or a touch anywhere on your body because your body belongs to you. They discuss the difference between secrets and surprises and how to get away and ask for help if someone makes you feel uncomfortable with their touches.
At the end of the book, they also give a nine point strategy to help protect your child from sexual abuse, many of the tips revolving around conversations and actions you can do with your child to make them less vulnerable to predators. I was pleased to see that we already do several of the things on the list, but there are other things that we need to work on.
The book itself, although for me as parent awkward, was not at all that way for my children. They enjoyed and absorbed meaning from the text and from the subsequent discussions that they wanted to have upon reading it and repeating the readings. I can easily recommend this book to help take the awkwardness away from a difficult subject, but one that needs addressing.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My review was not required to be positive, and my opinions are my own.