Teaching Children about their Bodies

It takes a few months before your child can recognize their body parts and differentiate hands from legs for their functions. Awareness about body parts is a gradual one, and it is quite a fascinating journey for the child. There is no shortage of activities that help toddlers and preschoolers learn about their bodies. Such actions can also make them feel comfortable about their bodies and give them the confidence to discuss about them.

It is usual for parents to feel confused on how to go about educating children about their bodies and the concept of private parts in age-appropriate ways.

The curiosity that children show around things that make them wonder is vital. Giving them the correct answers to their questions can help them understand, appreciate and respect themselves and others. ROYBI Robot has engaging, easy-to-understand lessons about body parts, which can also help children clear their doubts and curiosities. However, as parents, we have to keep a few things in mind-

As your child's curiosity peaks, you can help show respect to people different from them. As they get closer to puberty, you can start talking about the changes they should expect in their bodies and normalize the talk in the household so that they don't feel scared but feel confident about the changes.

We all have personal values about our bodies and privacy. You can reinforce the values with your child if you want. One can never be fully prepared to answer the questions of a child. But having a clear picture of your own values can make the process easier, and you'll be able to respond thoughtfully and calmly.

Educate about the basics of disease prevention

Knowing the body and body parts also come with information about how to take care of it. Washing hands can be one of the 1st self-care tips a child can learn. Teach frequent and thorough hand washing. You can also put up a poster above the sink as a reminder to wash hands with simple instructions on going about it. Make sure to keep the necessary supplies at hand reach of the child to use, such as soap and towels.

Discuss about body privacy to your child

Help your child understand that they need to respect others' bodies as much as they do theirs. Share with them your house rules and let them know that other houses have similar rules too. Putting on clothes is a concept they need to understand while not compromising their body image at the same time. When you tell them to put clothes on, it shouldn't mean that they need to be ashamed of their bodies; instead, be clear about the rules. Also, educate them that their body is only theirs and nobody can tell them what they need to do with their body. As exceptions, you can tell them your name, another caregiver's name, or your child's doctor's name.

Develop your child's body image

You can help your child understand that all bodies are unique and different. And that there is no "normal body type." You can tell them health is most important rather than looks. Encourage them to be proud of their gender identity, ethnic/racial identity and look for opportunities to celebrate their community with them.

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