This competition is now closed. Thank you all for your amusing entries and insightful comments. Choosing a winner was tough!
Huge congratulations to Martina Sawallich, the competition winner, based on her ‘little rudder’ comment.
Please check your email Martina for more information.
Things are about to get serious here on the blog. I want to talk to you about child sexual abuse. More importantly, I want you to talk to your children about child sexual abuse. Sounds scary and all a bit awkward, doesn’t it? But ignoring it won’t make it go away. Educating our children about child sexual abuse helps to protect them. My Underpants Rule!, a new book by Kate and Rod Power, is an engaging tool for parents to teach their children about protecting their private parts. It’s a fun book that deals with a serious issue.
The main message of My Underpants Rule! is simply ‘What’s under my pants belongs only to me’. This message is repeated a number of times, using rhymes and kid friendly language. The book then gives a number of scenarios for kids to consider and answer. I loved this part of My Underpants Rule!, not only is the rule set out but it encourages the child to think about how the My Underpants Rule! applies in real life. It ingrains what is appropriate and inappropriate touching and explains what to do in difficult situations.
My Underpants Rule! is a bright and fun book, with lots of primary colours and boys and girls dressed as super heroes. It’s suitable for children aged 3-8+. The charm of My Underpants Rule! is that it empowers children to run, kick and scream and make a big scene if the underpants rule is broken, yet it doesn’t create a sense of panic or alarm. My biggest lad, who is five, remembered the ‘run, kick and scream’ part of the rule after the first reading. He also requested it be read again to him the following night. That certainly made me think the message of My Underpants Rule! was something that kids can easily grasp. Mr Wallace admitted he felt anxious about reading Mr Underpants Rule! to the boys. Once he read it, he felt that My Underpants Rule! gives parents an easy way to talk abut a difficult subject.
Finally, protecting or preventing child sexual abuse is not as easy as reading a book to your kids. But if there’s open discussion at home, they’ll feel comfortable and able to talk to you when they need to. If you make sex secretive, it’s pretty easy for a paedophile to convince a child to keep sexual abuse a secret.
A gorgeous female Army medic told me on a plane recently that having son’s meant I didn’t have to have ‘the chat’. I smiled and nodded because I was too flabbegastered to say anything else. Surely in this day and age there is no ‘chat’? Let’s talk about sex and sexuality with our kids often. I’m all about full and frank disclosure. Starting with using the correct names for our children’s body parts, from the day they are born. A great resource on this is Talk soon. Talk often.
I hate to lecture, but the prevention of child sexual abuse is something that is hugely important to me. Not only because I have three sons, but also because it’s the area I currently work in.
Win a copy of My Underpants Rule!
Have I’ve convinced you to educate your child about sexual abuse? Would you like a copy of My Underpants Rule! to help you out? Brilliant! Simply like the Life on Wallace Facebook page (so I can contact the winner) and leave a comment below answering this question:
What’s the most entertaining alternative you’ve heard for penis or vagina?
With thanks to Kate Power for providing me a copy of My Underpants Rule! to review, at my request, and for proving a copy of the book to give away. I have not been paid for this post and these are my own, honest opinions.
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1. Entries close at midnight on 10 November 2015 and the winner will be announced shortly after.
2. The competition is a Game of Skill, chance plays no part in determining the winner.
3. The competition is open world wide. One entry per person.
4. The winner will be notified by Facebook and has 5 days to reply and claim the prize.
5. The author of this blog takes no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost in transit.
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