How Not to Scar Your Kids for Life … Talking About Sex

 

Let’s Talk About Sex (Amazon) Book by Planned Parenthood/Mar Monte A read along for ages 9 to 12 and their parents

Two years ago my oldest daughter was in 5th grade. That is a big year in school for kids. It’s when they start transitioning from “little kids” to “big middle schoolers”. It’s a time to start giving our kids more responsibilities, not just at school, but also at home. They start to take on responsibilities that will prepare them for the future.

It’s also the year across America that schools give the dreaded “sex and puberty talk”. It’s a big deal for our little ones…and it’s a big deal for us. Our precious little kids are growing up! (Sigh) Although “the talk” covers the basics of puberty, menstruation, body hair, etc. there is a lot of information they don’t cover. Parents, I hate to tell you this…you still have to have the “birds and bees” talk with your kids.

Are you freaking out about that? Inhale…exhale…then get this book: Let’s Talk About S-E-X. This book covers all the bases…I mean everything.

Think of all the stuff you don’t want to discuss with your child…STDs, masturbation, birth control, yeah, it’s all in there. For parents, this book is a great conversation starter. The front of the book is a read along for kids and parents. Each chapter ends with a question and answer section. It’s a great conversation starter where kids can ask questions and parents can answer openly. The back of the book is a parent’s guide to talking honestly with your kids. Think of it as a pep-talk for you! You can do it.

Why talk about sex with your child? Can’t we let the school handle it? Can’t they just figure it out on their own? The answer is NO.

“We all need to learn about sex and how sex fits into our lives. It’s important that you get your facts straight. There is a lot of incorrect information floating around.” -Let’s talk about Sex

Do you really want your child to learn about sex from movies, music videos, reality TV, or their friends? Sex hasn’t changed since we were learned about it, but how our kids get information has. They are bombarded with sexual images on a daily basis. We have no problems teaching our kids the danger of drugs, alcohol, texting while driving, stranger danger, and bullying, so why do we find it so hard to talk about sex?

If it’s time for “the talk”, I highly recommend this book. It offers a comfortable and positive approach for both of you. The sooner you are open and comfortable with your child about sex, the better you both will feel.

Because we all know that saying, “Don’t do it!” doesn’t work.

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