1. SEXUAL ABUSE
1 in 10 children are sexually abused. 20% of those are abused before age 8. They need to have the right words to tell what's happened to them. Why? Consider these examples.
2. OPEN THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION
Most parents want their children to talk to them about anything -- any problem, any success, any ailment. But if you start their life shrouding their private parts in secrecy, you are closing the line of communication to that topic. Here's why closed communication about private parts is harmful:
Let Kids be Kids
At the end of the day, private parts truly are just parts of the body. Adults are the ones who sexualize these parts and then assume children do, too. Really, unless a child has been exposed to sex, private parts are bathroom parts to them. A penis is used for peeing, an anus for pooping.
So, get comfortable with the words penis, scrotum, testicles, anus, vagina, vulva and more, and then teach your kids the correct names for their anatomy.
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