Children receive MANY gifts from the day they are born! Most gifts are “things” that can be enjoyed or used by them or their parents (now or in the future) but the best and greatest gift they’ll ever receive is their own body! They may not realize their body and it’s many parts (eyes, ears, hands, feet, mouth, etc.) will allow them to explore, learn and play so it’s up to us, the trusted adults in their lives, to teach them! The names of their many body parts are some of the first words they learn and rightly so…they’re important words but perhaps we should add on the importance of the body as whole and how to love, respect, (and when necessary) protect it! By talking about the body as a gift, the BEST gift they’ll ever receive, can help develop a positive, healthy body image from the earliest age. Even children with physical challenges, can excel when their parents and other trusted adults in their lives choose to see them as whole and not limited…an important lesson we all can benefit from.
The second verse in our book, “After Potty Training Comes Private Training” states “My body is like a GIFT, (without ribbons and bows); A very special GIFT that allows me to be me, everyday as I grow” with Private Daisy and Duke expressing the joy of that fact! Children love going to parties and receiving gifts so why not encourage them to love the gift of their bodies EVERY day and appreciate how much it can do for them!! Talk about different body parts and all the things they do, like “hands” can pick up and hold things, wave to people, scratch an itch, pet a dog/cat, turn on a faucet, help them get dressed etc, etc.
This understanding of the body being “like a GIFT” reinforces the first verse in “After Potty Training Comes Private Training,” which is, “I Am the BOSS of My Body, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes” and sets up the meaning of the next verse “As BOSS of my body, I can say NO and I can Say YES…”
Until next time:)
With love and respect for all children!