Use Some Simple Phrases Every Day
Atkins recommends that parents use the following phrases as often as they can, to make sure they're casual but still reinforcing consent and bodily autonomy:
- No means no.
- Please respect my boundaries.
- I feel uncomfortable when you touch my __________.
"The above statements help model boundaries and consent. Not only are you teaching your son to protect his own body, but youʼre also educating him on the importance of consent and how to respect other peopleʼs bodies," Atkins explains.