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All parents would like to maintain open lines of communication with our children, but this is not always the case. For children to share their thoughts and feelings with their parents, they need their trust, patience and understanding. Children are not born knowing how to express everything they think and feel, nor do they come into the world knowing how to defend themselves.
It is not only good for children to learn to accept the limits set by their parents and teachers, but also to demand that their own limits be respected. I mean, for example, the limits of your body. The body of the children is theirs and only belongs to them.
As we all know, the figures for child sexual abuse are high. Studies show that almost 1 in 7 children can be sexually abused before the age of 13. And we also know that avoiding abuse depends a lot on how parents and children communicate. Children need to know that their body belongs only to themselves and no one else, and that their safety is largely in the hands of their parents.
I just came across a video, by Jill Starischevsky, titled 'My body boelongs to me'(My body only belongs to me), which can be an abuse prevention tool. The video brings important information about the obvious and private parts of the body of children. There are parts like elbows, knees, hands, feet, arms… that others can see. However, there are other parts that are private and intimate. We all have them but they are not to be exposed, and they only belong to oneself.
Children need to feel safe with their parents. They must be clear that if something or someone hurts or hurts them, the only way to defend themselves is by sharing the bad experience with their parents. And parents, in turn, must learn to listen, believe, and trust their children. That also shows this video.
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