How to teach your child about body boundaries


If a child knows their “No” will be respected, they begin to understand it as wrong if it is not respected, and that people can and should assert their boundaries when they don’t like what’s happening to them.


Whether you are a (reluctant) climbing wall for your baby, or your toddler has started yelling “Don’t touch me!” your response will plant the seeds for body autonomy. Dr. Nanika Coor explains how to foster an early understanding of consent. (Originally published August 14th, 2021.)