Monday, December 12, 2011
I Said No! by Zack and Kimberly King (book review)
This book came at the perfect time for me. My daughter is now 6 and there have been some questionable things happening when she is at her dad's and I felt like now is the perfect time to talk to her about inappropriate touching. I can't be around her all the time and therefore I am going to have to hope that she can keep herself safe when I'm not there.
"I Said No! A kid-to-kid guide to keeping private parts private" gives the perspective from both a mother and her son's point of view. Zack attended a slumber party where his friend asked him to touch his privates and told him all the cool kids do it. Zack realized this was a red flag and tried to tell his friend's mom, but she did nothing about it. Zack hid out in the bathroom and told his mom immediately when he got home the next day.
This book goes over things for children to say, red flags and green flags and people who are allowed to see your privates. Also, it gives ideas on what to do if someone is inappropriate with you. This is great because students are not born with the realization of what is okay and not okay when it comes to privates. I remember when my daughter was around 2 or 3 and she had a yearly exam with her pediatrician. He asked my permission to check her over and told her that he asked my permission because no one should be allowed to look at or touch her privates without her permission unless it is mommy or daddy.
Okay, so now that I've told you all the great things, I will give you my only beef with this book. I didn't like the little pauses for discussion. Of course I planned to discuss the book with my child, but I didn't need the prompts.
MOTR Grade: A-
I definitely think this is a book every parent should have in their collection and it should be read several times as your children get older.