Having worked with perpetrators of sexual abuse as a Licensed Professional Counselor, I know that even very young children can be and are, victims of sexual abuse. The prevention of sexual abuse begins with early, age-appropriate, and frequent discussions about our bodies and healthy boundaries.
If you want to do all you can to protect your children from abuse, this book is a great place to start. "Some Parts" offers a friendly, nonchalant way to discuss this most important topic with even very young children.
Allison Rimland, LPC
My two year old loves this book and we love it too!
We were aware that we needed an age appropriate book to begin talking about our bodies having private areas and saying no if necessary without scaring him and since he is so little he just loves the fish and crab illustrated and practically has the whole book memorized at this point.
This friendly book is a perfect way to introduce the idea of "private parts" and inappropriate touch. I started reading it to my son before his second birthday. It's on the bookshelf with his other books, and we read it once a week or so. He likes the illustrations and especially likes to point out the baby fish and either the mommy fish or daddy fish. The book has helped me talk about this subject in a casual, comfortable way--not like I'm having some important conversation with my 2-year-old but just reinforcing the ideas with a sentence or two during bath time.Carolyn PurcellMothers & More "The author is right about how everyone has a body, because even dogs or fish have bodies. I think what they are telling us is that any part a swimsuit covers - that is what you should not show someone. I think it is a good book to read because it tells you how people are not supposed to show and touch special parts of your body. And it is right; some parts are not for sharing. The reason I didn't rate it a 5 was because it didn't say anything about doctors seeing your privates or parents seeing your privates. Sometimes they need to check to see if something is wrong." Emma, Age 7
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From the Author
I wrote this book after hearing children recount child abuse stories that happened to them when they were young. I was a middle school counselor for years my students were 11-14 years old. The abuse they were recounting happened usually from 2-8 years old. I wrote Some Parts are NOT for Sharing on the level of an infant to an 8-year-old. This book will frighten no one. People write awful reviews and say, "This book does not say anything!" This is the point; this book is the tip of the iceberg it is not the entire iceberg. If it were it would not be for small children. The point of this book is to educate your children about child abuse before some other "loving family member" does. Most children are not harmed by strangers. In all of my years of counseling not one child reported that they were harmed by a stranger. Mom's boyfriend was the biggest perpetrator followed closely by stepfather. Knowledge is power please, please, protect your children. To read the book before you buy it visit juliefederico.com