The Raising Happy Kids Conferences and Expo is an initiative of Nurture Parenting magazine, a company that promotes healthy, natural and nurturing qualities to raising children.
Intact Australia is proud to have been associated with Nurture Magazine for many years, providing information to readers about genital autonomy.
This year, in September, the Raising Happy Kids Expo was held on the Gold Coast, Queensland. We had the amazing opportunity to be a part of it all and have a booth in the main exhibition area, alongside other wonderful companies such as home schooling companies, tutoring companies, children’s activities and entertainment companies, plus many more.
The whole weekend of the expo was full of parents walking around with children in tow, checking out what each booth had on offer. Some parents specifically wanted information on home schooling, while others loved letting their children loose in the play and activities areas. Many of the parents came to visit our stall looking for information on intact care and asked us if they were doing the right thing with their intact boys.
For many, it was just reassuring them that yes, by leaving their son’s foreskin alone, they were doing the right thing. Others had questions like “At what age should my son’s foreskin retract.” We advised that foreskin separation from the glans occurs at different times for each boy and anytime up to even eighteen years of age is within normal range, and that retraction is a sexual function and boys don’t need to retract until they likely want to at puberty. It was great to be able to put these parent’s minds at ease with answers they might not have got otherwise.
Much of the merchandise we had was very popular. The “I Love My Foreskin” T-shirts turned heads and many men passing our table went “YES” and thumbs up. Rubber bracelets and buttons with genital autonomy messages were also very popular. So too were our wall posters, so many people wanted to have their photo taken in front of our booth with all of the positive intact messages. Many more coming up to us and saying what a wonderful and necessary job we were doing, getting the message out to people that intact is normal.
We had a wonderful two days, providing intact care and genital autonomy information to exhibition attendees. We feel that being out amongst people so that they can easily come up to us and ask questions is very rewarding, especially when you see their minds put at ease now that they have correct information. Some people did avoid our table, but hopefully some seeds were planted by what they saw. Many others just came up, took an info card or two on something they were interested in and walked off. It was great to have resources for these people.
We will definitely be looking to participate more in exhibitions across the country. Being accessible to people in a more face to face way, provides information to them that they may not have received otherwise, together with giving a more personalised side to Intact Australia.