Book Review: A book for younger children about consent.
C is for Consent by Eleanor Morrison is a children's book that helps parents to teach kids about consent and to make their own choices about touch.
This book focuses on encouraging kids to make their own decisions regarding touch ie is it okay for someone to touch you and how would you like to be touched (if at all). It also reminds children that they too, need to ask for permission before touching someone else. Plus it also talks about what to do if someone gives you a gift ie you don't have to hug or kiss them unless you want to, and that there are other ways you could thank them.
Consent is a topic that children can start to learn about from a young age. You don't have to wait until they are in their teens or in a relationship. You can learn more in this blogpost about how to teach your child about consent.
By starting early, you can teach them the basic principles of consent, and talk about things like teaching kids to ask permission before touching someone or taking their toy, that they are the boss of their own body, and how to say no and to stop people from doing something that you don't like.
And books can be an invaluable tool for having this important conversation!
C is for Consent by Eleanor Morrison is ideal for children between the ages of 3 - 8 years of age.
The author wrote this book for children under the age of 3, but I disagree. I think that you would need to modify the words to suit the attention span and understanding of a younger child.
You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.
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