How nice is it to be a kid, right? No worries or responsibilities. There’s so much exploring and discovering to do in this world, unconditional love in a stable environment. School, lunch, dress up as piranha or T-Rex for Book Week. Hometime.
Almost at the end of our Kindy year, I’ve established a more tarnished view.
I still see my twinions as innocent babies (yes, perhaps I always will) but once in a while, we encounter a new situation where we ask them, “Is it a new feeling?”
The tricky part is guiding my little ones weave and work through them.
I often forget. Being six is bloody overwhelming.
EmpoweringResources are a specialist publisher of children’s books that generate meaningful dialogue on sensitive, relevant and important topics such as body safety, emotional health and trust.
“A Secret Safe To Tell” is written by primary school teacher Naomi Hunter who herself is a victim of child sexual abuse. Struggling to speak about it for years, Naomi suffered post trauma stress disorder and anorexia. In writing her book, Naomi is passionate about teaching body safety to children.
Snuggled together one sick day from school, I read it to the boys. The book’s gentle approach and sensitive nature kept them attentive and engaged.
Afterwards we had a brief but important discussion about how they need to tell me (or someone) when they don’t feel safe, especially if something (or someone) hurts their heart or other parts of their body.
It’s a conversation I struggle to have with my kids. I don’t think I’m alone there. But I found “A Secret Safe To Tell” to be a nurturing tool for parents just as much as children.
For those with, or know of children who have been affected by abuse and seeking counselling, please call:
Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
Australian Childhood Foundation: 1800 176 453
Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS): 1800 688 009
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