At the end of the lesson, learners will be able to
explain healthy affection
say how to show healthy affection
list who to show healthy affection
say why to show affection
Affection is an expression of love. It can be physical or verbal. People relate differently to expressions of affection.
This lesson is to teach children the basics of healthy affection within acceptable social norms and culture.
They should also learn personal boundaries when showing affection.
Let the kids know that nobody has the right to force them into showing affection.
We should teach the kids that they are in control of their body, so, they should never be forced to show affection. Let the kids express affection when they feel like not when told to.
When a child feels forced to show affection, she gets the feeling that she’s not in control of her body and that’s a dangerous message for a child to receive.
Kids who think they must comply with adult requests for affection are more likely to be sexually abused.
For example saying these words to kids “Give uncle a big hug” , “Show some love to grandma”. Saying these to kids is more like cajoling the child to express affection. Allow the child to do it willingly.