Talking to Your Kids About Sex
The book is divided into seven chapters designed to provide guidance with discussing sexuality through the course of your child's development.
Earlier chapters discuss how to teach anatomy, gender, and age-appropriate lessons on reproduction.You will learn about your child's physical and mental development and how to guide their decisions in a respectful way.
The intermediate chapters discuss the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty as well as the myriad new experiences and influences your growing child encounters on this journey. You will find great information on media influence and how to monitor it, understanding the sexual influences in your child's life and your child's social development. The concluding chapters address romantic and sexual relationships, and talking about safer sex.
Each chapter includes an "Assessing Your Values" section to help you reflect on your own upbringing and influences, and to help you brainstorm on how to address a broad range of topics. If you have a partner, this section may also help mediate a conversation on values you agree and disagree on, so you deliver a consist and clear message to your child. You will also find a "Learning Together" section that offers conversation starters, ways to identify teachable moments, strategies for when your child asks a question you're not prepared to answer, and how to communicate effectively.
Overall, this book is well-written and clearly laid out. Dr. Berman's suggestions are non-judgmental and supportive, and she includes great ideas for opening the lines of communication. Dr. Berman helps the reader build a foundation that normalizes talking about development and sexuality with children, transforming "the big talk" into an ongoing conversation that evolves naturally.
Author: Dr. Laura Berman, 191 pages
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