Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My Body Belongs to Me by Jill Starishevsky

I think that talking to your children about their body and how they should not be touched in private areas is one of the most important things you can do as a parent and it cannot begin too soon. The world is being overrun with pornography and the incedents of child molestation are becoming ever more prevalent. That is why this topic shoudl be discussed and discussed often. I liked this book because in the introduction, the author, who is a lawyer, explains that she wrote this book after prosecuting a child abuse case. The little girl had been abused for over two years when she watched Oprah one day and heard that you should tell someone if you have been touched inappropriately and if you cannot talk to a parent, talk to a teacher or another adult. That gave this little girl the courage and the place to tell someone and do it in safety since it was her step-father abusing her. This book is simple and to the point. It explains where you should not be touched and how if you are that it is not your fault and that you should tell someone. It lets you have good conversations with your children, espeically with older children if you take time to go over the introduction with them. A must read!