Your Body Belongs to You Mass Market Paperback – 16 Oct 2006
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"This book is positive and assertive without being frightening."
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"A good, solid book on the subject and one of the few appropriate for this age group."
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In simple, reassuring language, the author explains that a child's body is his or her own; that it is all right for kids to decline a friendly hug or kiss, even from someone they love; and that you can still be friends even if you don't want a hug now.See all Product Description
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This is a wonderfully empowering book. It also dispels the myth of the candy-bearing stranger, lurking on playgrounds and parks if indeed he ever even existed. Statistics have shown that "bad touches" are very rarely done by strangers! The text is gentle and simple without being overly so; it is something I would happily present to every child from 2 on up as well. It is timeless; the message of assertiveness and respect for boundaries and the human body at large can never be over emphasized.
I also like the way the book encourages children not to keep secrets if they are approached and touched inappropriately or made to touch someone else against their will. Private parts are rightfully defined as the parts of the body one's underwear and bathing suits cover. My favorite point the book stressed was what to do if the touch is neither wanted nor welcome and that it is perfectly all right not to want to be touched in certain ways. The most important service this book does is distinguishes "good" and "bad" touches and that for the most part, hugs and kisses are perfectly fine and acceptable.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It will certainly help empower children of all ages and will also help to put an end to keeping harmful secrets.
she thought about it and then said 'it's okay you don't want to, Mummy, your body belongs to you.'
The one fault in this book is the explanation for it in the front pages, which older children could also read. I think I'm going to rip them out, but it's a shame to have to damage the book.
Otherwise, though, it gets across a very valuable message without being at all frightening or overly serious. I'd highly recommend it for parents with young children around 2-4 years
The basic messages in the book are:
- Most of the time it is nice to be touched/hugged/kissed, but sometimes you don't like being touched even by somebody you love, then you can say 'No, not right now please', not kiss/hug back or you can pull away, and that you can still be friends. If somebody doesn't understand, get your mum, dad etc to help you.
- Some places - your private parts - should never been touched by other people unless they are helping you in the bathroom, getting dressed or when you go to the doctors. If anybody tries to touch them, you should tell your parents or other grown up you trust.
As a slight sideways note, the book Stranger Danger? (Colour Young Puffin) by Anne Fine is an excellent example of how to teach children sensibly and realistically about a similarly sensitive subject.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple language, not frightening, clear and child friendly. Good for smaller kids, under 6sPublished 13 days ago by Eire
Really good book. I bought when I was working as a childminder and read it to all the children, I also put it in their little library and they could read it on their own - great... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ❤ Cathyvdw ❤
Fantastic book for helping those little ones who are at the age where they want to "explore" their bodies along with their friends which for some parents is hard to explain... Read morePublished 8 months ago by janet nash
lovely little book for toddlers, gentle and non threatening. a good start for any childs self protection.Published 13 months ago by beverley thorius
Having read through other buyers comments I decided to get this book to read and discuss with my daughter. Really pleased I did. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Claire Harding
It was okay. I felt a bit bored reading this to my four year old and I dont think she was that interested either. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Pinksparkle
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