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Category: Feather Berkower

  • Podcasts for Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Hello everyone, it’s been a while! Once again it is April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. As you can imagine, this is an important time of the year for us here at Parenting Safe Children and for all parents as well. I have recently done a couple of podcast interviews, feel free to have…

  • Your Top 10 Questions About Body Safety

    Your Top 10 Questions About Body Safety

    1.  At what age should I begin talking with my kids about body-safety?  It’s never too early or too late to start talking with children about their body safety, as long as the information is age-appropriate andpresented without fear. For example, when you’re bathing your 18-month-old daughter, you might say: “Mommy is cleaning your back…

  • Grandma Wants a Hug – Teachable Moment

    Grandma Wants a Hug – Teachable Moment

    The holidays are a time of greetings and affection, so it’s particularly important to remember that children and teens are safer when they get to choose when and with whom to show affection. If a family member or friend wants to greet your child with a hug or kiss, and your child does not want…

  • What Does Consent Look Like at Different Ages?

    Learning about boundaries and consent is a process that takes place over many years. Here’s what it looks like at different ages.Toddler: In the words of a two-year-old child, whose mother has been teaching body-safety concepts for over a year, “My vagina is mine!”Toddler to Tween:Mom to her Mother: “I know you love to hug…

  • Winning Gold

    I find it unacceptable that USA Gymnastics, the sole national governing body for gymnastics in the US with 3,000 gyms, regularly fails to report allegations of child sexual abuse to authorities. This is yet another example of reckless policy making, individual irresponsibility, and institutional failure on behalf of children. Everything we know about child sexual…

  • Back to School 2016

    This is your annual reminder to invite your day care or school personnel onto your prevention team by discussing your children’s body-safety rules with teachers, paraprofessionals, administration, and classroom volunteers.  Download the free Parenting Safe Children Back-to-School Screening Packet and have a conversation with your day care or school staff. The packet is also useful…