her body is her temple

December 16 2014. 001 (7)

when i picked Lily up from school one day last week, her teacher looked at me and told me she would be calling me shortly about something that had happened in school that day

as Lily and i drove home, i asked her if she could tell me a little of what had happened

she began to tell me that while playing with her classmates at the playground, two of her girl friends and one boy began to take off her leggings and underwear and that she was standing there naked with her privates exposed

she told me that in her quiet voice she asked them to stop but they didn’t

once she got away, she went straight to her teacher and let her know what had just happened

while i drove, i tried to keep calm and listen to her tell her story

i asked questions

she cried

once home her teacher called me

according to her, Lily didn’t ask her classmates to stop but she did go straight to her to let her know what had happened

the fact that Lily knew that what had just happened was wrong, because it felt wrong to her, seemed to have surprised her teacher

well, it didn’t surprise me

the responsibility of raising a daughter is one that weighs heavy on me

aside from the basics like raising her to have manners, respect, to be honest, responsible and all of that, as a woman raising a young lady, my main objective is to also teach Lily that her body is her temple, it is sacred, and nobody has the right to touch it

never mind strip it down even if it was in a non sexual way during an extreme session of make believe play

i want her to understand how important it is for her to respect her own body

how important it is for others to respect her body as well as she their bodies

this school incident was a good opportunity for her teacher to talk in class about personal space and keeping the privates private

but it was also another great opportunity to remind Lily that her body is hers

it is her temple and it is sacred

i am so proud of her for going straight to her teacher

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