My Body Is Private Paperback – Jan 1 1984
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..."does a better job than many of striking a nice balance between a calm attitude about the likelihood of harassment and a serious attitude about what to do if it occurs."
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Julie, who is eight or nine, talks about privacy and about saying "no" to touching that makes her uncomfortable.See all Product Description
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All the important issues are discussed in a non-frightening yet serious manner and without providing too much detail about what can happen during a sexual abuse encounter. My goal is to educate my male children about prevention of sexual abuse without enlightening them with details about what actually can and does happen during a sexual abuse encounter; there is an element of innocence I wish to protect at their young ages of two and five.
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Privacy is defined and several examples are given, and private body parts are described as those covered by a bathing suit. The body parts for both girls and boys are named here using the proper terminology for both male and female genitals and the term "bottom" for the buttocks and anal area. The girl states she already knows that no one can touch her in any way she doesn't like, whether it involves her private parts or any other part of her body, such as not wanting to sit on her uncle's lap. Examples of touching that are enjoyed are given such as cuddling with a dog and dancing with Dad. Tickling is described as fun but that sometimes it can go too far and no longer be fun. The girl is encouraged to say "no" to anyone at any time if she doesn't want them touching her (in sexual or non-sexual ways without using the term "sexual"). The mother explains that it is the feelings of the girl that are most important, not the person who she is asking to stop or saying no to, because the girl worried that if she said no she would hurt the feelings of the other person.Read more ›
The book respects readers' intelligence by using the proper terminology for genitalia and the generic term "bottom" to mean the buttocks. I like that. Too many works are weakened by silly euphemistic or babyish names for the anatomy that do nobody any real service. This book is a good teaching tool and an excellent forum for discussion of a serious topic. It is one that all ages would find beneficial.
Boys also can be sexually abused and this is never addressed in this book. I agree that this already excellent work would have been even more effective had the discussion included a brother as part of the discussion. While it is only natural to want to preserve a child's innocence, it is still very vital to empower children with information about what constitutes desired (non-sexual) and "good" touches and what doesn't. This in turn will help families build a more safety-savvy world.
This book does an excellent job of defining "privacy" replete with examples, e.g. "private parts" are the parts of one's body that are generally covered by their underwear or a bathing suit. The girl featured in the story declares that nobody can touch her private parts in ways she does not want and then goes on to describe other kinds of touching she doesn't like, such as sitting on her uncle's lap. On the flip side, "good touches" are highlighted, such as loving cuddles and dancing and an arm around the shoulder. The distinction could not be more clear and for that I salute this book!
Gray areas such as tickling are explored.Read more ›
A couple years years ago I bought this book for a friend and just decided to by one for our family. My daughter was six at the time.
Recently we moved and the company-hired workers arrived. That afternoon as I was watching my children play together, I thought how cute they are - precious six-year old brother and eight-year old daughter side-by-side. I ran upstairs to the kitchen although the door was open between us and 6 other people were within earshot including their father and and an on-site manager.
My daughter came upstairs and told me that a worker put his hands in her pants. He began to lead her to a closed area. She lied to him; got away from him; and came to me. "Mommy, I remembered what that book, "My Body Is Private" said. I remembered that you told me anything inside my underwear is private.
Teach your chldren well. Buying this non-threatening book with a happy ending saved my daughter from ... who knows.
THANK YOU Linda Walvoord Girard. Although my daughter was tricked and hurt within seconds in her own home, you have saved a child.
Just as you teach a child to walk safely across the street without instilling fear of streets or cars, you can keep your child safe without instilling fear. My daughter was never afraid until she needed to be -- AND SHE ACTED. No secrets, no further abuse, no threats........ she saved herself through the knowledge she gathered through our reading this book together.
I am forever grateful to the author.
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Always looking for books that connect to teaching curriculum to primary students, this one is helpfulPublished 5 months ago by JCWB
Unfortunately the pages aren't numbered however in one of the pages the Mom informs her daughter about what " My Body is Private " means by giving her examples . Read morePublished on June 18 2014 by Regina Beaudin
I work with foster children and children who are still in their homes, they all really like this book and often ask for it to be read over and over. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Martha H
I bought three books of this kind. This is my childrens favorite. I as an child abuse survivor myself find this book to be the best of the three. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2003
I bought this and several other books about strangers and understanding personal space, but found this one way to advanced for my preschoolers. Read morePublished on May 13 2003
I ordered 5 sexual abuse prevention books. Among them, this was my favorite. It 1st introduces the topics of privacy, personal space, and saying "no," before delving into more... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003
I elected to skip around a little for my three year old, but found the book to be very informative and sparked questions.Published on Jan. 21 2003
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