The moment that I saw the email to review this book, I knew that I needed to get it to read with our kids. There is always something on the news about children being sexually abused and it is scary. I have a nine year old boy an eleven year old bonus daughter. My son is in school all day long and we only see my bonus daughter during the summer and on holidays. We have no idea what is happening when we are not with them. It is quite scary. We need to teach our children how to protect themselves from being sexually abused.
“God Made All of Me” teaches our children about their bodies and what is ok and what isn’t ok when it comes to their bodies. This book gets straight to the point and discusses the topic in a way that children can understand. The book lists the body parts that are not ok for someone to touch (or even look at).
At the end of the book there is some really useful information. 9 Ways to protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse (each topic gives you an explanation):
- Explain to your child that God made their boy.
- Teach proper names of private body parts.
- Invite your child’s communication.
- Talk about touches.
- Don’t ask your child to maintain your emotions.
- Throw out the word “secret”.
- Clarity rules for playing “doctor”.
- Identify whom to trust.
- Report suspected abuse immediately.
I love that the book said that it is ok to say “no” to hugs. This teaches them that it is ok to say “no” when they feel uncomfortable. They should never do anything that makes them uncomfortable.
We have always talked to our kids about what is ok and what isn’t, but I think this book opens up communication about the topic even more. I recommend this book to anyone who has children.
Disclaimer: I received these books from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.