Now that we've hit goal and know the book will exist, we're working on that next step! The www.cisforconsent.com website will redirect to a sales platform once that's ready. You can also follow us at @cisforconsent and @phonicswithfinn on both Instagram and Twitter.
Definitely not. If the book were longer, even just for 3-5 year olds instead of 0-3 year olds, we might explore more nuances of the subject and its offshoots. But as the title indicates, this book is narrowly focused on showing examples of consent in action -- requesting it, giving it, denying it, receiving it.
There is typically much more leeway within a parent-child relationship for exchanges of affection without explicit consent, in part because parents are usually maximally attuned to their child’s feelings. (Note that we don’t explore this in the book, because that’s rather nuanced for the limited format.) But if your child pulls away from your demonstration of affection, that should be okay. Whether interacting with a family member or distant acquaintance, children should receive the clear message that what happens to their bodies is their personal choice. That lesson is crucial on its own, but also to understanding that it is other people's decision what happens to their bodies.
You can read the Girl Scouts PSA here: http://www.girlscouts.org/en/raising-girls/happy-and-healthy/happy/what-is-consent.html
They wrote it in accordance with recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our book follows the same approach.
I’m working on this as a passion project during my child’s naps. The additional complications in prep, packaging, shipping, and costs just don’t make sense for me to take on right now, unfortunately. We hope to offer international shipping options on any post-Kickstarter sales.
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