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Hi. I'd like to introduce myself. I'm the parent of THAT child. You know, the child who goes into your child's preschool class and announces that not only is her mother going to have another baby, but that the baby is in her uterus, and that most babies come out their mommies' vaginas, but not our babies. They come out with an operation.Please accept my abject apologies.My five-year-old daughter Sissy, you see, wants to be an ob/gyn, at least right now. At a preschool art show, her bio let every...
It was well-written and had some really good suggestions about what to actually SAY to kids when they ask or do something that you don't know how to respond to. It's great for me because I wanted a different perspective about sex from what I grew up with--a little more liberal, honest, and less-fraught with guilt and complexes. This book was great and funny too.
Such a great, practical, well-researched book no matter what your beliefs or feelings about sex. I have referred to this book multiple times with regard to our daughter and plan to purchase a copy because I know I'll need it even more as she gets older. Highly recommended.
So far, it's uncomfortable but informative. When my oldest son saw me reading it, he said, "Oh, great," his voice dripping with a sarcasm that made me proud. ha ha
One of those necessary reads. It's actually kind of hilarious.
This book is hilarious AND informative. A great read for parents with children of any ages.
The five star rating for me doesn't mean amazing, but that I would definitely recommend this book. It is a good resource for parents. It's a bit dated at this point in reference to cultural norms and technology, but the basics about a child's sexual development are what is important. The book covers everything from the cut-and-dry (naming body parts, talking about the mechanics of sex, etc.) to the emotional/social aspects of sexuality. It provides good points to think about, as well as good dia...
I read the first few chapters of this and skimmed the rest. My oldest was turning eight, and I figured it was about time to introduce the topic in more concrete terms than we'd done previously. My whole philosophy regarding teaching my kids about sex has been to not make it feel shameful or embarrassing. I want my kids to understand that sex is sacred, and that it has an appropriate time and place, but I also want them to feel comfortable coming to me with questions, concerns, etc. and not feel
This book is the product of the authors' years of experience taking questions from otherwise capable parents who find themselves flummoxed by their child's sexuality. The title reflects the frequent doses of humor that help ease the sense of dread that sometimes accompanies thinking about S-E-X and K-I-D-S at the same time.The authors did their best to help everyone, even people who will ignore parts of their advice. I'm thinking specifically about religious parents, those of us who feel duty-bo...
FANTASTIC resource, FULL of information about every aspect of sexual development and more (I have taken many many classes on child development, psychology, anatomy, physiology, etc...and I learned so much from this book still)...but don't be tempted to just keep this on your shelves as a reference. It is worth the read from cover to cover, or you will miss out on some of the most wonderful unexpected insights into parenting, aging, health, development, and oh so much more. One example: The asser...
A useful reference book for parents of infants through teenagers. For those who are scared to use words like penis and vagina, for instance, it can help take the sting out of getting those conversations started. For those who aren't afraid to have a frank dialog about sex (or the age-appropriate equivalent) these two physicians still have plenty of valuable advice to offer. Filled with lots of real parents' stories, it often gives people a range of ways to approach a topic. The appendices contai...
I only read the beginning chapters of this book, the part that pertains to children from birth to age 4. But from what I read, I can say that it gives a frank discussion of how to answer questions from small children, how much detail you can give (and what you can maybe skip), and right and wrong ways to approach different things you might "happen upon". I felt like the authors were aware that there are lots of ways parents can approach this topic and that they were respectful of all of them. I
It has a lot of information, much we are not ready to deal with yet. Many things in the book seemed quite obvious to me...but some that weren't, so I'm still plugging away at it and will likely learn some things that I will eventuall tell/teach Ethan and Ellie.Another book our family counselor suggested is a book called Belly Buttons are Navels. That one was a lot shorter, geared toward kids, but had way too many descriptions in there. I grew up not talking about that stuff, and I know I'll find...
I got this book from the library b/c I was struggling with how to respond to my 4-year-old who seemed to be talking a lot about, and fixating on, people's private parts. Unfortunately, in the section about children his age, the author only talked about kids acting out "sex play" by themselves or with others. But although it didn't help my current situation, I liked the overall tone of the book, which promotes speaking with children early and often about their sexuality and leaving the door open
The star I deducted is not really the authors' fault-- I just wish there were more data on this subject! The authors, to their credit, are very clear about what is scientifically/statistically supported versus what hasn't been (or can't be) studied. I appreciated their clarity and straightforwardness. There were definitely parts of the book that made me uncomfortable, but really, that's why I read it-- to figure out how to address my own discomfort and help my kids grow up feeling confident and
At the age of 10, I plucked up a translated copy of this book from a shelf at a remote bookstore in Thailand, walked up to my father and demanded that he buy it for me for 'research and self-discovery purposes'. Needless to say, I glided through the sexual parts of my puberty like a graceful swan. Other parts, not so much.It never occurred to me that I basically saved my parents from having to give me 'the talk'. Ah, such a blessedly difficult child I was.
I found this book very pro-sex. There is not a lot of information here for parents that want to promote abstinence until marriage. Basically, the authors say sex feels good, everybody does it all the time, and we should accept that as parents and be supportive of it. At least that is the message I gathered from the authors.
It is long-winded with many things that seemed quite obvious to me...but some that weren't, so I'm still plugging away at it and will likely learn some things that I'm suppose to be telling/teaching my kids.
My kids and I have found this to be a good additional resource to several books we currently use. It raises other topics not presented in my other materials (STDs, social media, sexual orientation). It has been a good companion to our school's Growing & Changing unit.
Got to the chapter on homosexuality and it sounded to me like they were recomending to try it. If they are gay, I'll love them, but won't encourage them to 'try' it. Read to me like the authors were explaining their own sexualit?
A great start to helping me build my toolbox for shame-free sex education in our home.
Funny and informative.
This book is actually much more positive than the title would suggest. Well-written, accurate and funny.
I haven't read this cover to cover, but I have found it to be a useful reference when answering my very curious daughter's questions.
Indeed a good source of knowledge. Can be kept for the next generation.
Seriously, this book includes everything. It's not only incredibly informative it's also very funny. If you have kids this is a MUST read.
why: Recommended by Amy Lang of Birds and Bees and Kids.
An excellent resource. I'm glad I bought it. It will stay on my shelves and I'll probably go back to it many times throughout the years as my kids get older.