Now a Literary Classics Award-winning book ""I wish this book existed when I was a child . . . these 20 pages could have saved my childhood and given me a voice. I was one child who could not be saved, but millions more can if this book gets into the right hands. Save a child-let them know their body belongs to them."
-Erin Merryn, recent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the driving force behind the passage of Erin's LawMy Body Is Special and Belongs to Me is a fun, safe, developmentally appropriate, and most of all comfortable way for parents to educate their children about the topic of personal safety. This book is the conversation you want to have with your child, but may not be sure how to approach. This book will empower your children with the understanding that their bodies belong to them and that they are in charge of their own bodies.As Personal Safety Educators, we are often asked by parents how they can talk to their children about this important subject without scaring them or sending the wrong message. My Body Is Special and Belongs to Me was created to open the lines of communication between parents and children. Talking about touch with your children can and should be a part of everyday parenting.The Parents Place section contains a plethora of information all parents, caregivers, and teachers need to know about teaching personal safety. As you read through the children's section, its age-appropriate, kid-friendly format will guide you in educating your child about safe and unsafe touch. My Body Is Special and Belongs to Me provides a framework for many ongoing conversations with your children about personal safety, secrets, trusted adults, and much more.This book will help you give your kids the tools they need to be KidSafe Smart "My Body Is Special teaches children that they have a right to feel safe and comfortable, and that others will listen when they speak up using their "Safety Voice." The way the authors approach the topic takes the scariness out of talking about it-with even young children. No mysterious-sounding 'Stranger Danger' here. This book presents solid and simple concepts; bright and accessible artwork; helpful conversation tips for parents; activities to reinforce the lessons for kids; and useful, factual information. It's a tool that informs parents about the risks of abuse so they will feel empowered to help keep their children safe."
-Lisa Blum, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, family and couples therapist, and mother of a 7-year-old daughter.
About the Author
Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA, Child Safety Expert, Mental Health Professional, Educator, Public Speaker, Author, Mom, and Cofounder of KidSafe Foundation. Sally Berenzweig is a former psychotherapist who has a Masters in Elementary Education and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has worked with -survivors of sexual abuse as well as in private practice. She specializes in child safety, prevention education workshops, and parenting skills. Sally is the co-author of KidSafe for Kids, an 8-week curriculum for children ages 4-11, and two children's books Jack Teaches His Friends to Be KidSafe! and the 2011 Literary Award Winning children's book My Body Is Special and Belongs to ME! Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW, Child Safety Expert, Mental Health Professional, Educator, Public Speaker, Author, Mom, and Cofounder of KidSafe Foundation. Cherie has been working in the field of social work since 1989, specializing in children and families. After earning her MSW from Boston University, Cherie took a position as a public school guidance counselor (School Social Worker) in Boston. There she had the opportunity to work with early intervention through middle school students, teachers, and parents. She trained and specialized in violence prevention/conflict resolution, active parenting skills, and her main focus, personal safety. Cherie is the coauthor of KidSafe for Kids, an 8-week curriculum for children ages 4-11, and two children's books Jack Teaches His Friends to Be KidSafe! and the 2011 Literary Award Winning children's book My Body Is Special and Belongs to ME!