What makes Private D. Wears’ different?
Private Duke and Daisy Wears were created to help parents (teachers & advocates) easily transition the conversation of potty training to “private training” in a heartfelt, fun, non-fearful way. Teaching preschool-age children their body is a gift and they have ‘rights’ to their body can help develop a healthy understanding for personal boundaries and strong foundation for future safety discussions.
The military theme evokes a sense of pride, respect and protection. As Privates in the Army of Safety Smart Kids, Duke and Daisy’s easy to learn rhyming verses and fun take-action poses will empower young children with basic “private training” skills so they can learn how and why to keep their body safe.
Many books and materials on sexual abuse prevention refer to the part of the body “covered by a bathing suit” as private. However, most children don’t wear a bathing suit every day but they do wear underwear! Preschool children take things very literally and may not compute inappropriate touching if/when they are not wearing a bathing suit! Duke and Daisy’s camo colored underwear is meant to add an element of fun and engagement because most kids giggle when they hear the word “underwear.” But it is also meant to emphasize that part of their body is “private” and especially deserving of respect and protection.
Why use dogs instead of humans?
Countless children’s books use animal characters instead of humans because children relate to animals very differently. Animals are multicultural and children see animals more like themselves (smaller, less authoritative, obedient, etc.) Also, it’s easier to present a difficult subject matter using animal characters versus humans. Most children will feel compassion for an animal if something bad happens versus feeling afraid if something bad happens to another child.
Why Golden Retrievers?
Golden Retrievers are lovable, well-mannered, intelligent dogs with great charm. They are easily trained, patient, gentle, self-assured making them a very popular family dog. (From “Dog Breed Info Center”) Golden’s are also well known for their invaluable service qualities and what better service could Private Duke and Daisy offer than teaching kids to love, respect and protect their bodies!