Coco and I read his new book entitled “Ako ay May Titi“, written by Genaro R. Gojo Cruz and illustrated by Beth Parrocha, published by Lampara Books.
This book talks about an important part of a boy’s body, which is his penis. Honestly, I have never talked to him about it because I thought I didn’t need to. But he is already 7 years old, I guess, this is the best time for him to learn and understand his private part and how to important that he takes care of it.
What I also like about the book is how it effortlessly say the word “titi“, which even I have a hard time and is very shy to say. This book made me realize that we should say it and teach it to our children in its correct term, whether in English and Tagalog. The word isn’t really bastos (vulgar) — it is how it is used and said. It will always be up to us, parents on how we educate our children about it. Remember, learning always starts at home.
Most parents have a hard time or doesn’t know how to discuss this once a child becomes curious and start asking questions. Sometimes, we are caught off guard. For some, malice comes first. For some, they talk about it by using different terms like the birds and the bees. Like me for example, I wouldn’t know how to start this kind of conversations. Coco hasn’t asked anything yet but I guess, in a way, this book is a big help to me. I started the conversation on how to take care of it through this book. So I think, in the future, when he starts to become more curious, he wouldn’t hesitate to ask me about it because he knows that I am capable of giving him answers, as much as he trusts me.
Discussing private parts to children shouldn’t be an issue. There is really nothing to be ashamed of. It’s actually a big deal because not only that they will know how to take care of it, but also it can create awareness on how they should value themselves, its importance and lastly, how they could identify red flags when it comes to child and sexual abuse.
For a boymom like me, this book is highly recommended. Make sure to grab a copy and just go with the flow when curious minds arise. Don’t dilly dally, hesitate and be ashamed. The book is best for children five years old and above.
You can buy “Ako ay May Titi” for only Php95 via Precious Shop, Shopee and Lazada.
PS. Something for the girls will come out soon as well.
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