April 26, 2022

How Do We Talk to Our Kids About Their Bodies?

How Do We Talk to Our Kids About Their Bodies?

"Put that away. Now!" No, we're not talking about toys. When kids start exploring their bodies, it's natural to want to shut it down. But removing the shame attached to kids’ exploration of bodies is better for them--and for you--in the long run.

Just a heads up: this episode mentions the correct anatomical names for private body parts, as well as mention of good and bad touches.

Help! My child is playing whipping it out at the playground and I don't know what to do! Before you crawl into a hole, take a listen to this episode and let Molly and Blaire share some tips for talking to kids about private body parts without stigma or euphemisms.

In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss:

  • Why kids are so curious about their bodies
  • How to use correct language for anatomy as a teaching tool
  • How to address your own anxiety on the subject so it doesn't cloud your judgment

Resources/books we mentioned in this episode:

Jenny Marder for The New York Times: "Keeping Kids Curious About Their Bodies Without Shame"

"It's Not the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends" by Robie Harris

"Bodies are Cool" by Tyler Feder

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