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Parent Pointers

Starting the Conversation: Teaching Children about Consent and Boundaries

Teaching children about consent and boundaries is crucial for fostering healthy relationships and personal autonomy. In this blog post, we'll explore why these conversations are important, how to initiate them, and practical tips for parents to guide their children through this essential aspect of personal safety and respect.   

Why Teach Children about Consent and Boundaries? 

Why Teach Children about Consent and Boundaries? Understanding consent and boundaries is fundamental to promoting respect and preventing future instances of coercion or abuse. By teaching children about these concepts early, we empower them to navigate social interactions and advocate for themselves and others.  

Initiating the Conversation

Start the conversation in everyday situations, using clear and simple language tailored to your child's age. Encourage questions and create a safe space for dialogue. Respect your child's comfort level and allow them to set the pace.  

Teaching Consent and Boundaries 

Cover key concepts like personal space, naming body parts, role-playing scenarios, affirming autonomy, and respecting others' boundaries. Reinforce these lessons through practical tips such as modeling respectful behavior, setting family rules, using educational resources, and encouraging ongoing dialogue. 

Teaching children about consent and boundaries is essential for their safety and well-being. By initiating these conversations early and providing ongoing guidance, parents can empower children to navigate relationships with confidence and respect, creating a safer and more inclusive future for all. 


Care Curriculum

In February, children at the YMCA will enjoy various themed activities, exploring and discovering with friends.

Art Education & Exploration: Taming the Dragon

Literacy: How Full is Your Bucket?

STEM Experience: Build Each Other Up, Up, Up  

Organized Group Games: Parachutes of Fun

Interested in upcoming activities in the community? Explore more upcoming events and activities with fun for all ages.


Educator Spotlight

ELC Directors Krysta and Christina

Meet Shar Olguin! She joined our team in late October as a Site Leader and began working hard to help get Silverdale back in order after our last Site Director had to leave due to military orders. She quickly became an integral part of the team and was quickly promoted to Site Director at our Green Mountain site due to her efforts. She has been working hard to introduce new elements to our site and has been very proactive with learning the ins and outs of the job!

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