“It’s never too early or too late to help kids develop the capacity for healthy relationships.

With multiple sexual assaults in the news over the last 6 months, teaching our kids about sexual consent seems more relevant than ever as a key skill in the healthy relationship toolbox. As parents, it can feel scary to bring up loaded issues like sexual consent and many of us don’t have a clue where to start.

Luckily, the following article can help to lower our anxiety. We empower our children through routine, everyday actions in which we model for children regard for their bodies, boundaries and emotions. As our children experience our respect for them in everyday ways, they are more likely to regard their own and other people’s bodies with respect and integrity as well.”

Nicole Hayford, Parent
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Naval Base Kitsap
Counselor, Bainbridge Youth Services

5 Everyday Ways to Teach Your Kids about Consent

by Lisa McCrohan

Sexual consent can be tough to explain to young kids. But this psychotherapist has some advice.
My daughter and I are waiting in the exam room for the pediatrician. We are here for her annual wellness checkup.
And from the moment our pediatrician walks through the door, she is all about focusing on my daughter. She looks my daughter in the eyes and kindly greets her. She shakes her hand. She addresses my daughter with her questions. She explains READ WHOLE ARTICLE