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Sex Is More Than a Plumbing Lesson: A Parents' Guide to Sexuality Education for Infants Through the Teen Years 3rd Edition

4 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0962946301
ISBN-10: 0962946303
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Preston Hollow Enterprises; 3 edition (December 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962946303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962946301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,893,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a good book for parents who are anxious about their children's sexual development and who want them to have strong morals, but who aren't sure they know just how to go about doing it. Stark assumes parents can get the "plumbing lesson" elsewhere, and focuses on the most important parts of sex education: creating an open, honest atmosphere in which children may grow, surrounded by well-modeled examples of loving behavior. To this end, the book asks parents to take a hard look at their own lives: are you providing a good example for your children? If you aren't, how can you change that? In addition to short explanations about developmental stages (from infancy through teen years) and answering a few sample questions, Stark provides a framework on which families can build a healthy attitude about sex.
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Patty Stark has 2 teenagers (who I know personally) and has used her experience as an approachable mom to help other parents keep the lines of communication open. All too often today, when sex= genital pleasure, our young people loose out on the spiritual aspects of sex that make it truely unitative and life-enhancing. Patty tells parents to give their children more than just "the talk." (and to speak of these issues more than just once!) What makes this book so different is its focus on what is healthy and normal (like what a fun date looks like instead of fixating on date rape, encouraging good dating habits instead of listing all the contraceptive options, stages in a healthy relationship as opposed to self-gratification). I give this book less than five stars because Patty, since the book was published, has changed her views on mastrubation.
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This book is upbeat and loaded with user-friendly ideas on how to give our children a healthy perspective on sex that will help them one day to have what we all want for our children--happy and enduring intimate relationships. Parents have plenty of resources for teaching the biology of sex, but talking to kids about sex is much more complicated, especially with the influence of a media that promotes casual sex. The detrimental impact of current culture on our children's sexuality is more apparent with each passing year, making it critical for parents to be effective teachers of values. Ms. Stark's book has given me great encouragement. There is also very good material on how to bullet-proof our children from sexual abuse and generally how to be the kind of parents that kids listen to.
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This is a well-intentioned work w/ a good foundation, but one that could've been better written. The author has teaching and mothering experiences, but is not necessarily an expert in this field, which the work reflects. She makes incorrect statements at times. Her assumptions about the readers and others throughout reflect stereotypes this type of work should avoid. Stark is repetitive at times and doesn't flush out a child's developmental capabilities, which would be most helpful. She delves into certain topics, e.g., body image, but completely ignores others at all ages. She is big on affection/touch and children having a sense of control over their lives, as well as how to counter outside messaging, which is a plus. She focuses a lot on the parents' relationship as setting an example. Stark is unfocused at times, however, going on tangents. She gives no resources.
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