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Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Their Children About Sex and Character Paperback – October 18, 2000
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". . . parents now have the perfect book to help them talk with their kids about sex, love, and character . . ." -- Judith Bradford, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
". . . respectful, creative, and family-friendly. Ten Talks is a 21st-century approach to providing much needed sexuality and character education . . ." -- Dennis Worsham, "Washington, Can We Talk?"
". . . the facts, skills, and guidance parents need in order to begin what are likely to be the most important conversations . . ." -- Vicki Harrison, MSW, National Education Association Health Information Network
"Easy-to-use strategies that get young people talking." -- Frieda Takamura, Washington Education Association
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Raising kids these days is different from the 70's, when my first batch was young. My youngest is 9, and sometimes it seems there are so many things to talk with him about, I don't know where to begin! Parents of young children in the 21st century have to deal with AIDS, the Internet, 24 hours TV (with suggestive commercials that can be an education in and of themselves), violence in the schools, drugs, teen pregnancy, gay families, stepfamilies, not to mention their own choices in their own teen and young adult years.
I like this book because it offers a place for discussion between kids and parents to begin, with cute illustrations and questions that prompt some thoughtful conversations. It suggests that you first ask them what they know about the topic you want to discuss, find out what their friends say and you'll find out what they think, or worry about.
The authors suggest you start talking with your preschoolers, so you can set the groundwork for open communications before adolescence sets in. They don't suggest that you tell small children everything, just begin the talk. Although you may think there is time, these days it is very likely that by kindergarten, they are already learning from their peers at school or on the bus -- and some of what they are learning is wrong, some is too much too soon, some may represent values that are totally unacceptable to your family, and much of this may be scary for a young child to hear.
There are chapters, questions and illustrations by topic, so you can choose what you want to talk about. Best read the book yourself, first. You might want to think about what your child will ask you (about your past), and how much you'll reveal.
A good addition to the family bookshelf after you talk with and listen to your child!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
purchased it for someone else. don't really know how the book was.Published 13 months ago by southernbelle
Very practical advice and good practice "scripts" for discussing difficult topics with your teens and preteens.Published 18 months ago by Surabaya Sling
My daughter and I have only gotten through the first two talks, but we are both enjoying the format and the insights we are gaining to the subject matter and to each other. Read morePublished 23 months ago by N.C.
I am not sure how anyone can read this book. It's like it was organized by someone high on crack topics within a topic jump around with no apparent order. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by alex
Thank you with all these hormonal teens the book came in handy especially with my 12 year old son who still a little embarrassed my talking about sex.Published on January 19, 2013 by catherine a. jeffers
I wish my parents had a resource like this when I was young! This is an excellent go-to for parents like me looking for guidance on how to talk acceptably with our children about... Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by H. Muirhead