Hudson Valley Parent

HVP April 2019

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20 Hudson Valley Parent n April 2019 body part and the word," Illardi explains. "By using correct names, I hope that my daughter will never feel uncomfortable describing a health issue to her doctor, and be proud of her body, not ashamed." defined our journey towards womanhood," says McKnight-Favell. She adds, "It is my duty to encourage her to love and appreciate her body, along with its strength and power. Over the years, I have always made sure to model positive self-body talk in her presence. To me, it's just part of one long open conversation." 4 CONVERSATIONS (Continued from Page 19) Karen Teig-Morris (left) has to explain consent often to her daughter with autism who loves physical contact. Marnie McKnight-Favell of Poughkeepsie adamantly believes in complete openness regarding her daughter's curiosity surrounding periods. From when her daughter was very young, McKnight-Favell both encouraged and responded to her daughter's questions with enthusiasm. "Normalizing menstruation from day one, along with helping my daughter view the female body as strong, capable, and amazing has

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