LEARNING ACTIVITY

Teaching Consent and Bodily Autonomy to Children

It is imperative to teach children from an early age that they are in charge of their own bodies. This helps not only with development but can help make them much less likely to be abused. Teaching consent can start much earlier than you might think!

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Introduction

Who It's For

Parents of children who want to start the journey of teaching their children about bodily autonomy and consent.

Why It Empowers

Teaching bodily autonomy and consent to children empowers children by allowing them to say no to adults if they fear they are in harm's way. It not only helps to prevent abuse, but it plants the seeds of consent in a child's early years, which will lead to smarter and empathetic teenagers who have the ability to make informed choices during puberty and beyond. This activity also empowers parents by knowing they are raising confident and capable children.

What's Needed

  • 5 to 30 minutes, or as much time as needed
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    Meet The Expert


    Martha Tyler

    Martha has her Masters in Education and is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. She has worked as a sitter, nanny, tutor, or teaching artist over the past 20+ years. In addition, Martha has hosted a child care podcast, Chronicles of Nannya, for several years. She is also the co-founder of Compassionate Childcare LLC and is thrilled to be able to share her experience, knowledge, and resources with CareNectar!