Everyone is Talking
About the #MeToo Movement and how we can raise our kids to understand consent and sexual harassment from a young age.
Why do I care?
In a recent study, it was uncovered that nearly half of middle and high school students surveyed had experienced verbal and/or physical sexual harassment in some form. One third of these students said they had been harassed via email, text and Facebook. Some psychologists and educators are seeing children as young as 10 use sexual harassment tactics to wield power and embarrass others in front of their peers.
Tell me more.
It is clear we need to start early, and discuss often, the importance of respecting others and their bodies. By opening up dialogue and maintaining an ongoing conversation from an early age, we can work to turn the tides on this behavior.
If you’re like many parents, the consent and harassment conversation can feel overwhelming. So, how do we start the discussion and conduct it in an age appropriate manner?
Parents.com offers several ways to teach your children about consent. The suggestions include teaching them to ask permission before being physical with a friend (hugs, tickling etc..), encouraging children to trust their gut feelings, and empowering them to feel comfortable saying ‘no’ while also respecting the word ‘no’.
Teaching consent can begin as young as the toddler years with simple things like not forcing children to hug friends and family in an effort to ‘be polite’ – affection should always be freely given.
For older kids, access resources like Teach Consent, a website dedicated to helping parents continue the consent conversation with their older children. It offers a quick and simple video illustrating consent along with a discussion guide for parents to use with their kids.
The important thing to remember is the topic of consent and harassment is a continuous conversation throughout your child’s life. It is not a one and done kind of deal.
In The Trenches
How do you teach your children about budgeting? A Georgia mom recently shared on her Facebook page that she is charging her five year-old rent.
Yep, you read that right.
She gives her daughter a $7 allowance and $5 is always returned to the mom for rent, utilities and food. The remaining $2 is her child’s to spend how she chooses. The $5 paid to mom is then put into a savings account for when the young girl goes to college.
The post has now been shared 320,000+ times. It has sparked a lot of discussion about how parents should or should not instill financial responsibility within their kids. This mom’s method has garnered positive as well as some negative attention by parents who feel this tactic may cause unnecessary anxiety. Check out 9 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money by Dave Ramsey for some alternatives to this mom’s method.
How you educate your children about money is up to you, but teaching your kids early will serve to minimize money regrets later. We’re definitely on board for that.
Meal Planning Mastery
Raise your hand if you have an Instant Pot but have no. idea. what you are doing?!
We’ve got you covered.
If instruction manuals aren’t your forte, this quick read tells you what each and every button does on your Instant Pot. The author offers you important tips like always cook with liquid, remember that your cooking time doesn’t mean your finished time, and it reassures you that your Instant Pot will not explode if you follow directions.
Give your kids a heart attack – a Valentine Heart Attack, that is. This clever idea has been passed around for years, but it warrants a re-share because February 1st is just around the corner.
Skip to My Lou offers you a free printable for the hearts if you have your own paper and time to cut them out.
If you’re a bit lazier (ahem, like us) then hit up Amazon for 200 of these lace heart doilies**in pink, red and white and forgo that print-and-cut step. It’s a great way to make the execution easier.
Not sure what to write on each of your hearts? Here’s a list of 99 Compliments for Kids to get you started in the right direction.
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