Simplified Body-Safety Rules
The original Body Safety Rules and why to cover them with your kids is Here, Please review it! It has the Original Body Safety Rule from Feather Berkower’s site. I review the ones below with my kids’ friends when they come into the house and they are also posted on the refrigerator.
If they’re small kids, like 6 and under, I make the language very simple. I wouldn’t ever go into specific body part names without the friend’s parent present. But I do review the general rule. It goes something like this.
I’m really glad you’re here to play today. We need to take just a minute to review our house rules. They include:
- No jumping on the bed.
- You can run around the house as much as you like, but if people start getting hurt then we have to stop doing that.
- Feel free to ask for water or food or whatever you need.
- There are the bathrooms. Please use privacy by closing the door when you go to the bathroom. (For toddlers, you would offer help if they need it.)
- We have body safety rules in our house. They are:
– No one is allowed to touch your private parts and it’s not okay to touch someone else’s private parts.
– If someone tries to touch you, say “No” and try to get away.
– If you ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable, tell a trusted adult. You won’t get in trouble by me. I will help you however I can.
– We don’t keep secrets in our home.
It’s that easy. Usually by then they’re giggling and squirming off the couch and ready to go off and play. They may shout out a question or two (Can I read a book in the bathroom?!), which I answer. But generally they’re set.
Yes, I do parenting consultations. Sometimes a parent needs to talk to a professional just one or two times to get ideas about how to handle this or ideas/support in general about their parenting. See my Psychotherapy in Florida website for fees, etc.