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How to Talk to Your Child About Sex: It's Best to Start Early, but It's Never Too Late -- A Step-by-Step Guide for Every Age Paperback – November 29, 1999
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The authors also describe what's normal sexual behavior for each stage of development and how to plant the seeds of appreciation of one's body and the later respect for commitment and love. They examine how parents can stay true to their moral and spiritual values while staying connected to their teenagers' sexual reality. Parents will especially appreciate the up-to-date research, such as current statistics about adolescent fears, desires, and activity surrounding sexuality. --Gail Hudson
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I saw the author of this book interviewed on TV a while back and decided to buy this book. I was intrigued by his philosophy to teach your children at age eight, and to teach kids that sex is the "most wonderful, awesome thing in the world."
I read the book and decided to give it a try on our nine year old. We followed their directions and dialog pretty closely and even used the children's book "Where did I come from" as part of the discussion (this is the book they recommend). We made it a special night for just our son, taking him to his choice of restaurant and having the discussion in a secluded area there.
It worked better than I had ever imagined. We had a wonderful evening sharing this marvelous secret, and setting the record straight in his mind. There were a few embarassing moments (like when he would look up from the book and say, "really, that's what you do? OK.") and my wife and I were quite nervous.
However, after the discussion our son actually thanked us and said how glad he was to know the truth. We felt a closeness that we have rarely felt with our boy. I truely feel we have created a basis on which our parent/child relationship can build. He now feels he can talk to us about anything and he knows we will be upfront with him. I am now giving this book to all my friends with kids. In my mind, this is how sex education should be taught!
We have found 8 is NOT too early to talk about it.... If you have found this book later, then-- it isn't too late. Some of the language is a bit quirky-- but, as with most books, one must speak what comes out best for them. For us.... a "BIG HUG" was not the way to discuss SEX in all of its glory-- so we chose to use the words, "a special part of you". For us, sexual intimacy IS the most personal part of ourselves that we share. Love is the root and if parents don't have love and for themselves, each other, or their children do not feel love or understand what love means, then they will have problems dealing with sex and why it is so special. I agree that ALL children need to know from you that you are committed to your family and them as individuals. Tell them!!!
Sex is wonderful, very special and has a lot of facets that go unnoticed like: Modesty, respecting and protecting our bodies, loyalty, respect in general, and how nature plays a part in WHY sex is great, special and wonderful. The Eyre's touch on all aspects incorporated into sex, leaving out nothing.
Ultimately your timing may be different than theirs, but the concepts and delivery are good ways to get the "talk" done. Highly recommended. Don't miss reading what their children all have to say about the "big talk".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you eyres for making these talks pain free! We've had wonderful experiences!Published 3 months ago by S. J.
It's not what I had expected. I was hoping for line by line quick instructions and instead it's a slower process more relationship building. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Elams
Best book about "the talk" you can find it walks you through every step . I highly recommend this book along with where do babies come from these two book make the perfect... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark
Such good info...but I could have just used bullet points and specific points.Published 4 months ago by B. Ericksen
This book has opened my eyes to a totally different approach about talking to my kids about sex. It's such s positive experience and has opened the communication lines too. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Patricia Rachelle Cooper
Fabulous! Can't wait to implement what I've learned - great advice and spirit.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was FANTASTIC in helping my husband and I talk to our kids. We've now had 2 different discussions with 2 of our boys. It went WONDERFULLY!!!Published 9 months ago by ladybargainer
Has some great tips and insights on how to talk with your kids about sex. It's surprising how spot-on some of the advice is -- especially about how much your kids already know... Read morePublished 11 months ago by amellen