In the lead up to her birth, I had already anticipated that this would become part of my life. I was overwhelmed by how much this book simplified my job of approaching of this subject with my daughter, enabling me to do so from a younger age than I originally planned. Some Secrets also does a lot to work against the stereotyping of sexual predators, portraying the older companion as a high ranking member of society, loved by all and most importantly, a trusted friend of both the brave little knight and his mother. I felt so incredibly grateful to Jayneen for being brave enough to broach such a difficult subject and for going to such lengths to have her book published.
And although my mother bear instinct still occasionally urges me to lock my little girl away in the safety of a tall, tall tower, I have realised that sometimes protecting your baby can mean teaching them how to protect themselves. Get all the latest Aussie single parent freebies, news and articles - subscribe to our mailing list! Get Breaking Single Parent News and the latest Single Mum Forum posts in your news feed everyday! Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept is a beautifully illustrated picture book that sensitively broaches the subject of keeping our children safe from sexual interference. The discussion questions at the back of the book are an excellent support guide when talking with a child about the story.
What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the kids are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Often, single mums come out of a divorce or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also child custody issues. Even so, Family Court will often still order a form of child custody named Shared Parenting.
I am finishing up as the part time Young People’s Services Librarian at Coolbellup to pursue a full time teacher librarian position commencing at the end of this month. Teaching our children Protective Behaviours from an early age is vitally important in limiting the potential exploitation of children’s vulnerabilities and innocence.
Everyone’s Got A Bottom is an very age appropriate book which informs young children of the specific names of their private parts in a very matter of fact and normal way.
Further reinforcement that private parts should not be touched by others unless they are helping you go to the toilet or are a doctor examining you, is Cornelia Spelman’s Your Body Belongs to You. Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept tells the story of a little boy, Sir Alfred,  being taken advantage of by his mother’s employer, Lord Henry. Access to a printer to print out the character sheet (See Protective Behaviours Resources for a copy).
You also might want to use the My Helping Hand Network which involves your child tracing your hand and writing the names of five people they can talk to if they feel sacred or unsafe. To find all our books on Protective Behaviours in the catalogue, you can enter the term Protective Behaviours into the search bar for all results.

As this is such an important area of education and awareness for children and parents alike we should not shy away from it, but matter of factly go about the process of informing and educating our children. Or visit the Royal Commission into Child Abuse website for support services specific to your circumstances. Many thanks go to Genevieve from Protective Behaviours WA for supplying materials for this Storytime and subsequent blog post. Rebecca was Young People's Services Librarian at Coolbellup Library from mid-2014 until January 2015. We're playing with our food and making some food sculptures this #schoolholiday it's such fun.
Quite recently though, I discovered a not-so-reasonable side of myself that I was as surprised as anyone to meet.
The thought of someone hurting a child, of hurting my baby in this way was something that I could not get out of my head and I began trying to think of ways to protect my daughter from ever going through such an experience. It was about a woman called Jayneen Sanders who had written the book Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept. I believe this portrayal shows children and parents alike, that it does not matter how important or loved a person might be, hurting a child is never ok and should never be kept a secret. Has been very thoughtfully written and illustrated in such a way that the character of the child in the story could be either a boy or a girl. This book has been written and illustrated in a way that is neither frightening nor confronting and is an invaluable tool for parents.
Jay and her husband, Mark, published this book themselves, as they could not find a publisher willing to do so. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. I have dearly loved my Storytime sessions at Coolbellup Public Library and have enjoyed the easy rapport with parents and children. Using everyday situations the book explains the anatomical differences between boys and girls, why we wear clothes, as well as the natural progression of wanting more privacy as we get older.
This book also conveys the message that it’s nice to be kissed and hugged, but we can say when we don’t want to be hugged or kissed by people at times by saying so. Sir Alfred learns that no matter what another person threatens or how much power they seem to have, some secrets should never be kept. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.
I want my little girl to grow up to have complete control over her own body so that one day (twenty years or so in the future) she can have the amazing experience of choosing to share her body with someone that she loves. Jay has written many children?s books over the last 20 years and is currently working on a new literacy series: Engage Literacy.

If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been.
Our Storytime on Protective Behaviours on the 2oth of October 2014 was especially important and well received so I thought I would share this as my last blog post. A version of the phrase “From my head to my toes I can say what goes” is repeated on every page and is something you can encourage your child to repeat with you when you read the book together.
Although a slightly heavier approach to the topic of Protective Behaviours for children, it is a valuable book in facilitating discussion with your children on very real, yet challenging issues. Jayneen’s use of simple and clear language provides a story that is frank and honest in its discussion of inappropriate touching and that lead parents beautifully into discussions with their children about body confidence, breeches of trust and bad secrets.
Centrelink plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused domestic violence, which resulted in a divorce or separation. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access. In this story Jasmine gets separated from her class on an excursion to the zoo and tries to ask different animals for help.
The book has a foreword containing contact details for Child Wise website and Child Wise National Child Abuse Prevention Helpline 1800 991 099. As I worried however, I found that with most of these things, there were various prevention methods I could teach to my daughter as she grows, many of which school would probably reinforce, but there was one that plagued my mind, that actually kept me up at night, that I feared above all else - sexual abuse. Thinking about what to tell her and how, trying to find the balance between too much information and just enough and wondering how to broach the subject and when, all the while without making her afraid of the big wide world. Centrelink are the source from where the single mother pension, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. This book assists children in recognising unsafe feelings and what to do when they are feeling unsafe or become lost. I struggled to find a balance between protective and over-protective and finally came to an obvious conclusion.

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