Continuing our mini-series on how to have important conversations with your kids, on today’s episode we tackle how to talk about tricky people. Sam Sutherland—a social worker with more than 10 years of experience working with schools and social welfare organizations—joins Indiana and Ashlee to share her expertise on this topic. In this conversation, you’ll learn why it’s best to use the term “tricky people” over stranger danger, five rules to teach our kids by the time they’re five years old, and some general tips for how we can empower our kids to trust their instincts. Plus, we talk about Sam’s stance on sleepovers, the difference between secrets and surprises, and why she’s never afraid to be the bad guy. We hope you leave this episode feeling equipped to have this conversation with your kids, and possibly implement some new strategies to help keep your family safe.
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Handout: Helping Our Kids Avoid Sexual Abuse <--- This is great to print out and read over with your spouse!
Previous episode: Motherhood + Social Media
Books about sex + sex education:
Books about personal space / body privacy:
Books About Secrets:
Other recommended resources from Sam:
Darkness to Light
Sex Ed Rescue (this is site about the overaching topic of sex education… with lots of great resources, but she also does helpful book reviews and talks about body autonmy and not keeping secrets)
Educate2Empower (books + resources to empower kids!)
Resources for survivors:
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