The Importance of Consent and How to Teach It to Your Child
Teaching consent is an important part of educating your child about sexual health. It’s a fundamental concept that can be taught at any age. It lets your child know that their voice matters and they have choices. They’ll also learn to respect the choices of others as they understand the concept of consent.
Below are five important aspect of consent you should teach your child, but, keep in mind, there is no greater teacher than your example. If you live the things you’re teaching, your child is that much more likely to utilize it in their own life.
Permission is important.
They can change their mind.
Allow them to say “no” to hugs.
Ask them for consent.
Practice in front of them.
Too often children, simply because they are children, are made to feel that they have no say in what happens to them. There’s a balance, of course, between allowing your child to make their own choices and reinforcing the values that you find important.
We aren’t telling you to never tell them “no” or to allow them to do whatever they want, just make sure you let them know that you heard them, even if you can’t give them everything they want in that moment. There are times when you won’t be able to indulge all their wants but allowing them to practice consent will go a long way to teaching them about consent in all aspects of their life, especially when it comes to sexual health. Teaching basic regard for consent in all forms will help your child understand it when it comes to their own bodies and the bodies of others.
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