Teaching your children that no one should touch a child’s private parts except to keep them clean and healthy is an important step in keeping kids safe.
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The school year is coming to an end, and there are endless requests and advertisements for summer babysitters, camps, playdates, carpools, and extended visits with family. We’re striving for the right balance between supervision and freedom, entertainment and healthy boredom. There are likely to be a variety of activities and people our children will be involved with, which means we need to remain vigilant and keep open communication about body safety.
Talking with your child about things like touching and private body parts isn’t easy. It’s common to feel uncomfortable and embarrassed, and you may not know where to start. But the good news is, you can weave these conversations into the interactions you have with your kids every day, like bedtime, reading time, and at meals.
It’s normal to feel reluctant to be away from your child and nervous with a new babysitter. However, if your feelings of unease do not go away or if you start to feel uncomfortable with anyone who is caring for your child, it may be time to find a new babysitter.
While educating children about appropriate boundaries and safe touches is the first line of defense against dangerous situations, knowing the warning signs of a potential abuser is a crucial part of protecting your child from sexual abuse.
It’s important for parents to know what normal sexual behaviors are and to feel comfortable creating a safe environment where their children can explore and understand their bodies.
We all want the best for our kids, but interacting with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) can be intimidating. Check out this article for to learn more about DCF, investigations, and your rights as a parent.
Many of the behavioral changes that children undergo are a result of their ongoing development. However, when the change seems drastically out of character or concerning it could, though may not necessarily be, a sign of abuse.