Family gatherings are such an important part of keeping extended families connected. While they can be a lot of fun for the adults, they can bring about different emotions for children.
Family gatherings can be overwhelming for kids.
They’re full of family members who are really strangers, interrupted routines, loud voices, and unfamiliar places.
Please allow children to stay with their parents if they are feeling uncomfortable or scared. Don’t expect them to run to others with open arms or want to kiss and be held by every family member. Allow them to set their own boundaries and help them to keep those boundaries maintained.
By allowing your children to set their own boundaries you are teaching them that they are the boss of their own bodies. That’s a lesson that you’ll want them to have learned before they hit their teenage years.
Talking to kids about appropriate and inappropriate touching can be hard. If you don’t know where to start, start here.
Click here to read about how to set up a password for safety with your child
Here are some children’s books that are excellent resources to help you extend this conversation with your kids. (in no particular order)
NO Trespassing – This Is MY Body!
by Pattie Fitzgerald
Your Body Belongs to You
by Cornelia Maude Spelman
I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private
by Kimberly King
Do You Have a Secret? (Let’s Talk About It!)
by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Amazing You!: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts
by Gail Saltz
My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes
by Dagmar Geisler
My Body Is Private (Albert Whitman Prairie Books)
by Linda Walvoord Girard
Those are MY Private Parts
by Diane Hansen
An Exceptional Children’s Guide to Touch: Teaching Social and Physical Boundaries to Kids
by McKinley Hunter Manasco
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