Educating children on their bodies
It can be challenging to teach children about their bodies and what is private. But, parents can provide their children with age-appropriate guidance on how to feel good about their bodies.
In addition to teaching children what is inappropriate, this can shield them from sexual assault.
When Do Children First Show Interest in Their Bodies?
Children show an interest in knowing about their own bodies as early as infancy.
In the water or when wearing diapers, babies and toddlers frequently touch their own genitalia while they are naked.
This conduct is typical of curiosity. Exploration should not be discouraged or penalized in children.
Self-touching may be casually disregarded by some parents, or the child’s focus may be diverted. Others might wish to remark that while it is acceptable for children to examine their bodies, it is not acceptable to do so in public.
Is it OK to Call Private Parts by their Nicknames?
Using the proper names for body parts is a wonderful idea for parents. These terms—penis, vagina, etc.—should be used matter-of-factually without any humor. Kids can then learn to utilize them directly and without embarrassment in this way.
What Happens If You Caught Children “Playing Doctor”?
Many parents overreact when they see or hear of children displaying private parts to each other; children between the ages of 3 and 6 are most likely to “play doctor.”
Scolding someone harshly is not the appropriate response. Typically, just having a parent around will stop the play.
You might want to quietly refocus your child’s attention on another activity. Talk with your youngster afterward while you are both seated.
People are typically expected to keep their bodies covered in public, even though you can understand their curiosity about their friend’s bodies. In this manner, you have established boundaries without making your child feel bad.
Moreover, this is the right age to start having conversations about good and negative touch. Children should be reminded that their bodies belong to them and that they have a right to privacy.
Nobody has the right to touch a child in private, not even a friend or family member. A doctor or nurse will occasionally need to check a child’s genital region if there is any pain or discomfort there, and if they are performing a physical exam, they will also need to look.
Children should be taught that they should report any weird or unpleasant touching to them after telling the offender to cease.
Tell your children that you are interested in learning about anything that makes them feel awful or uncomfortable.
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