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No Means No!: Teaching Personal Boundaries, Consent; Empowering Children by Respecting Their Choices and Right to Say 'No!'

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'No Means No!' is a children's picture book about an empowered little girl who has a very strong and clear voice in all issues, especially those relating to her body and personal boundaries. This book can be read to children from 3 to 9 years. It is a springboard for discussions regarding children's choices and their rights. The 'Note to the Reader' at the beginning of the 'No Means No!' is a children's picture book about an empowered little girl who has a very strong and clear voice in all issues, especially those relating to her body and personal boundaries. This book can be read to children from 3 to 9 years. It is a springboard for discussions regarding children's choices and their rights. The 'Note to the Reader' at the beginning of the book and the 'Discussion Questions' on the final pages, guide and enhance this essential discussion. It is crucial that our children, from a very young age, are taught to have a clear, strong voice in regards to their rights - especially about their bodies. In this way, they will have the confidence to speak up when they are unhappy or feel uncomfortable in any situation. A strong, confident voice as a young child converts to a strong, confident pre-teen, teenager and adult. With the prevalence today of online and offline bullying and various forms of abuse, such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse; our young people need to learn (from a young age) to always speak up when their rights are not being respected. The aim of this book is to empower young children and to give them a voice so they can grow up into empowered adults. When a child, teenager or adult says, 'No!' to any form of coercion, this should be immediately respected. A world where 'No!' does actually mean 'No!' can be a world with far less violence and increased respect for humankind. By educating our children to have true respect for one another, this world can be a much safer and more positive place. Body Safety Education (aka sexual abuse prevention education) empowers girls and boys through knowledge, and teaches them they have the right to say, 'No' and to respect other's personal boundaries. Both girls and boys need to learn to ask for consent and this can be taught from a very young age. Some of the scenarios in this book are typical of approaches used by sexual abusers (sexual predators/molesters/pedophiles) when grooming children for sexual abuse. Their aim is to desensitize the child to having their personal space violated and desensitize them to touch. For more information on Body Safety Education and how to teach it to your child go to www.secrets.info


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'No Means No!' is a children's picture book about an empowered little girl who has a very strong and clear voice in all issues, especially those relating to her body and personal boundaries. This book can be read to children from 3 to 9 years. It is a springboard for discussions regarding children's choices and their rights. The 'Note to the Reader' at the beginning of the 'No Means No!' is a children's picture book about an empowered little girl who has a very strong and clear voice in all issues, especially those relating to her body and personal boundaries. This book can be read to children from 3 to 9 years. It is a springboard for discussions regarding children's choices and their rights. The 'Note to the Reader' at the beginning of the book and the 'Discussion Questions' on the final pages, guide and enhance this essential discussion. It is crucial that our children, from a very young age, are taught to have a clear, strong voice in regards to their rights - especially about their bodies. In this way, they will have the confidence to speak up when they are unhappy or feel uncomfortable in any situation. A strong, confident voice as a young child converts to a strong, confident pre-teen, teenager and adult. With the prevalence today of online and offline bullying and various forms of abuse, such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse; our young people need to learn (from a young age) to always speak up when their rights are not being respected. The aim of this book is to empower young children and to give them a voice so they can grow up into empowered adults. When a child, teenager or adult says, 'No!' to any form of coercion, this should be immediately respected. A world where 'No!' does actually mean 'No!' can be a world with far less violence and increased respect for humankind. By educating our children to have true respect for one another, this world can be a much safer and more positive place. Body Safety Education (aka sexual abuse prevention education) empowers girls and boys through knowledge, and teaches them they have the right to say, 'No' and to respect other's personal boundaries. Both girls and boys need to learn to ask for consent and this can be taught from a very young age. Some of the scenarios in this book are typical of approaches used by sexual abusers (sexual predators/molesters/pedophiles) when grooming children for sexual abuse. Their aim is to desensitize the child to having their personal space violated and desensitize them to touch. For more information on Body Safety Education and how to teach it to your child go to www.secrets.info

30 review for No Means No!: Teaching Personal Boundaries, Consent; Empowering Children by Respecting Their Choices and Right to Say 'No!'

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    The book is composed of 11 sentences (roughly). Half of those are "No means no!" To assist, let me walk you through some of the pages. The first states if the child does not want to kiss grandma, she may say no. Later in the book it says if the child doesn't want to play tickle fights, she may say no. There is no reason to check this book out, buy this book, look at this book. There are eleven sentences. The pictures don't help in any way. I am confused as to why this book was published. This is The book is composed of 11 sentences (roughly). Half of those are "No means no!" To assist, let me walk you through some of the pages. The first states if the child does not want to kiss grandma, she may say no. Later in the book it says if the child doesn't want to play tickle fights, she may say no. There is no reason to check this book out, buy this book, look at this book. There are eleven sentences. The pictures don't help in any way. I am confused as to why this book was published. This is an important topic and this book is an insult to the conversation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Briana

    This book was easy to follow, and breached the harder topics in a good way. I think folks forget to teach kids this idea of boundaries and some kids suffer because of it. Wish this book included ideas for kids if someone doesn't respect their no. This book was easy to follow, and breached the harder topics in a good way. I think folks forget to teach kids this idea of boundaries and some kids suffer because of it. Wish this book included ideas for kids if someone doesn't respect their no.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Very straightforward book about bodily autonomy and consent. It leaves a bit to be desired, as it doesn't really go into detail about how to react if someone does not respect your no, but there are some good pieces of info in the parent notes at the beginning and the end. I liked that those notes pointed out that there are some scenarios where, for safety, the child will need to listen to trusted adults. I guess if this book allows you to begin a conversation about these subjects with your child Very straightforward book about bodily autonomy and consent. It leaves a bit to be desired, as it doesn't really go into detail about how to react if someone does not respect your no, but there are some good pieces of info in the parent notes at the beginning and the end. I liked that those notes pointed out that there are some scenarios where, for safety, the child will need to listen to trusted adults. I guess if this book allows you to begin a conversation about these subjects with your child, it is a good thing, but I think most parents who are already concerned with these issues will find this one unnecessary and simplistic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I read this book to my son who is 15 months old knowing that it was too old for him, so I was surprised that he was actually captivated by the images. I will definitely check it out when he's older. I like that the book has simple images and words for the actual story, but provide many pages of questions that caregivers or parents can ask their children related to each picture. It is really helpful to start other conversations with your little one. I read this book to my son who is 15 months old knowing that it was too old for him, so I was surprised that he was actually captivated by the images. I will definitely check it out when he's older. I like that the book has simple images and words for the actual story, but provide many pages of questions that caregivers or parents can ask their children related to each picture. It is really helpful to start other conversations with your little one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is very straightforward and easy to understand. I like how it provides alternate ideas for how to proceed in situations when a child might say no to something. A very simple children’s book smack dab in the middle of a parenting manual. It contains some good advice, but I question putting it all in one book vs. having a children’s book and a separate supplement.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Mills

    Fantastic book and a must read for all kids with their carers. Could do with being longer I thought. My nearly 2 year old really took it all in. Her brow was crumpled in thought and I could tell it resonated with her. I had to explain that for health reasons this doesn't always work or her teeth would never get brushed! A part about that type of thing would have been helpful. Fantastic book and a must read for all kids with their carers. Could do with being longer I thought. My nearly 2 year old really took it all in. Her brow was crumpled in thought and I could tell it resonated with her. I had to explain that for health reasons this doesn't always work or her teeth would never get brushed! A part about that type of thing would have been helpful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Chauran

    Super straight-forward book. No story line like in Miles is the Boss of His Body. Super straight-forward book. No story line like in Miles is the Boss of His Body.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emilia Cabrera Fadina

    This is a very good book for young children. It helps them grow and understand that no means no. This book also helps children learn how to respect and appreciate others.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    3.5 year old understood. Spontaneously was able to use the vocabulary from the book the following week to talk about private parts in the correct context.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    A good book for kids near 3-5, I'd say. Read it each year to refresh. I did emphasize how she isn't allowed to yell no at me when I want to hold her hand crossing a street or parking lot. Cause I can totally see her standing boldly and proclaiming "it's my body and what I say goes! I want to walk alone." And then get smashed by a car. But overall well done and easy for young ones to get the message and practice sticking up for one's self. A good book for kids near 3-5, I'd say. Read it each year to refresh. I did emphasize how she isn't allowed to yell no at me when I want to hold her hand crossing a street or parking lot. Cause I can totally see her standing boldly and proclaiming "it's my body and what I say goes! I want to walk alone." And then get smashed by a car. But overall well done and easy for young ones to get the message and practice sticking up for one's self.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Recommended by Dr. Laura Markham

  12. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Great book to teach children about body autonomy. Offers alternate responses and reminds on every other page that no means no. My daughter loves this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angel Lugo

  14. 4 out of 5

    Medeia Sharif

  15. 5 out of 5

    Twinkle

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

  17. 5 out of 5

    sylas

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anne Lire

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amber

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mic Anna

  23. 5 out of 5

    Llael

  24. 4 out of 5

    Corrine

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sahil Sabhlok

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon Rae Morten

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becca

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mari

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mic Emma

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