My Body Belongs to Me: A Parent's Guide: How to Talk with Young Children about Personal Boundaries, Respect, and Consent (Paperback)

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Teach kids about the importance of boundaries and consent

Teaching your child about responsibility and respect—especially when it comes to their bodies—is a big job, and tackling sensitive topics isn't easy. This book is your guide to starting those critical conversations with kids as young as 3, using language and examples that they can understand. Learning how to set boundaries for themselves and recognize the boundaries of others will help kids develop their own self-esteem and stay safe.

In My Body Belongs to Me, you'll learn about:
  • Where to start—Explore relatable scenarios and basic guidelines from an author and mother with decades of experience teaching families to navigate these delicate issues.
  • What to say—Discover ways to talk to your child about their body and their safety without making them feel guilty, confused, or frightened.
  • What to do—Learn how to answer tough questions from your child and model healthy examples of boundaries, consent, and body safety through your own behavior.

Empower your child to assert their body boundaries and respect others with this book about consent for kids.

About the Author

ELIZABETH SCHROEDER, EdD, MSW, is an award-winning educator, trainer, consultant, and author specializing in parent-child communication about sexuality-related topics. She has provided consultation and training for schools and organizations around the world for nearly 30 years. She holds a Doctorate of Education from Widener University and a Master of Social Work from New York University. For more information, visit her website at

Praise For…

"This is the book you have been waiting for to help you get clarity about how to talk to children about their bodies, boundaries, respect, consent, and emotions. It offers practical guidelines and is written in an open, direct, inclusive, and funny manner. I wish I had had it when my child was young. It is a wonderful resource for parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone who cares about children. I will be putting copies on my shelf at work and gifting copies to all the new parents I know!" —Carrie Singh, MS, student affairs, director of Student Affairs at an independent, single-gender pre-K-12 school

"With sensitivity and respect, Elizabeth Schroeder shows parents and caregivers an approach to raising young people with a positive understanding of their bodies and healthy boundaries through honest and open communication. Using teachable moments and helpful guidelines, this book guides a dialogue that will make a positive impact on parenting in a society that often shies away from these topics. A wonderful and engaging read!" —Giokazta Molina-Schneider, sexuality education professional

"I often wished that I would have received a how-to book when I became a parent, and this book has provided just that. This is a great tool on how to navigate conversations around bodies, consent, and sex. Elizabeth has given me new language and most importantly made me feel affirmed as a parent that I am not alone. Whether you have never talked with the young people in your life about their bodies or you talk all the time, this book will amplify your skills to be a trusted adult for every young person you know." —Brittany McBride, sex education expert and parent

Product Details
ISBN: 9781638070603
ISBN-10: 1638070601
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: December 21st, 2021
Pages: 98
Language: English