Preventing Harmful Behaviors

Talking with your children about healthy body boundaries and personal safety from an early age is an important part of raising kids. It’s vital to provide them with accurate, age-appropriate information. And the more you know, the more you can be the best guardians of your military children’s well-being across all stages of development. Military OneSource is here to arm you with the facts so you can empower your child with healthy boundaries and personal safety skills.

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FAQ and Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers: Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth

Connect with support and resources for families impacted by problematic sexual behavior in children and youth.

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Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth — Resources for Military Families

This online resource offers helpful information about problematic sexual behavior in children and youth for military families.

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Teach Your Kids Healthy Body Boundaries

Talking to your children about their bodies can help protect them from sexual abuse. From the time your children are quite young, have a conversation with them about who can touch them and what to do if they are uncomfortable with someone’s touch.

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Healthy Sexual Behaviors in Children

The birds and the bees. It can be a tough conversation for any parent to have with their children. Rather than avoiding it, prepare early by understanding the childhood stages of healthy sexual growth. Understanding their development stages can better prepare you for “the conversation” and any questions they may ask you about gender, sexuality and relationships along the way.

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How to Teach Your Military Child About Healthy Boundaries

The best way for military families to show children healthy boundaries is to model it yourself – both with them and with other adults. Here’s a list of some common ways you can help your children learn to build this resilient skill in everyday family life.

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