Private D. Wears is all about empowering preschoolers (3-6 years old) to LOVE, RESPECT & PROTECT their bodies! Learning body-love, body-respect & body-protection, at the age when they are becoming more “aware” of their bodies, can help develop a strong sense of “self-worth,” appreciating their bodies as a “special gift” vs. what it looks like or what it can or can’t do.
In the first verse of our book “After Potty Training Comes Private Training,” Private Duke and Daisy proclaim with arms flexed “I AM the Boss of My Body, this I know; From the top of my head to the tip of my toes!”
Some parents may fear telling their child they are the “boss of their body” might blur the lines in terms of following or not following rules, but like other safety skills you teach your child (bike safety, water safety and fire safety) you’ll need to spell out certain boundaries (and you know they’ll test you when it comes to eating vegetables:) For example, once your child learns to swim, you still need to explain the boundaries of where & when it is safe to swim.
So what exactly does it mean to be a “good” boss to their body? Think of what a “good” boss does…takes control, is in charge and smart about what they do… so, for a child, being a good boss to their body means, “taking charge, being in control and smart” about “LEARNING” how to love, respect and when necessary, protect their body.
Give examples of ways they can be a good boss to their body: getting a good night sleep, eating healthy, wearing a bike helmet, wearing a coat when it’s cold, washing hands after going potty, etc. Explain being “in charge” of keeping their body healthy and safe shows they love and respect it.
We’ll talk more about why it’s important to be a good boss and when your child may need to protect their body in future posts!
Lastly, because children learn and remember better when physically engaged, have your child practice Private Duke and Daisy’s “take-action pose” – Flex their arm muscles while saying loudly & confidently “I AM the BOSS of my Body! -whenever they exhibit a behavior that shows they’re being a good boss! It’s also a great way to start the day, in front of the mirror, with a big smile:))
With love and respect for all children,