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How and When to Tell Your Kids About Sex: A Lifelong Approach to Shaping Your Child's Sexual Character (God's Design for Sex) Hardcover – February 16, 2007

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If I were looking for someone to talk sensibly, scripturally, and knowledgeably about this topic, Stan Jones would top my list. He and his wife, Brenna, have written a very useful book! -- Tim Stafford, senior writer, Christianity Today, and author of Sexual Chaos

In this sexually obsessed culture, Christian parents who fail to shape their children's concepts about sex are guilty not just of oversight, but of gross neglect. Realistic and practical, How and When to Tell Your Kids About Sex should be a standard reference work on every believing family's bookshelf. -- Karen Mains, co-host, "The Chapel of the Air

The authors leave no stone unturned in this sensibly written, scripturally based book. It would make an excellent shower gift, as sex education is most effective if begun early. Every parent should have a copy of this informative book to help him or her move beyond "the sweaty palms and lump in the throat approach" to effective communication about the important subject of sex. -- Bookstore Journal, January 1994

This is a first-class treatment of an important and often ignored subject. It needs to be read by every parent. -- Gary Collins, executive director, American Association of Christian Counselors --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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In How and When to Tell Your Kids About Sex, Stan and Brenna Jones offer help for establishing a biblical view of sexuality and talk about why that is so important in today's "value-neutral" society. Building on a biblical foundation, they discuss how to talk with your children about sexual issues and when it's appropriate to tell them what. You'll find important, helpful information on concerns your children face from infancy through adolescence. With stark honesty and practical suggestions, they address: - Building a Christian understanding of sex and sexuality - Handling sexual curiosity and sexual play (infancy through kindergarten) - Inoculating your child against destructive moral messages (pre-puberty) - How and when to explain sexual intercourse (pre-puberty) - Preparing for the physical changes of puberty (pre-puberty) - Preparing for dating: dealing with romance and sexual attraction (puberty) - Building moral discernment about petting (adolescence) - Encouraging a commitment to chastity (adolescence) - What to tell your child about contraception (adolescence) - What to do if you're getting a late start telling your kids about sex
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Product Details

  • Series: God's Design for Sex (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; Revised edition (March 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160006017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600060175
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been looking for help on how to raise my 2 very young children knowing that sex is wonderful when it comes at the right time. RIGHT being the operative word. I found the scriptural references to be solid in their interpretation, and their knowledge about how sex fits in earthly life to be just what we parents need. They suggest teaching children about their sexuality as early as possible so as to avoid embarrasing "talks" that come when it's too late (Most kids learn about sex in school before they learn from their parents). I especially liked their assertations that any kind of sexual activity that deviates from what God has set forth is wrong. IE: homosexuality, sex before marriage, etc. Every type of Christian, Jew or other religious person would be well advised to use this book in teaching their children how their bodies are sacred, special, and sexual.
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The Jones take the issue of sex and explain why it is important to cover this with our children. As a dad with three daughters, I have to admit how difficult it is to talk to them about this, but I want to be the one who does and not the media, their friends, or ??? It's not necessarily a book you have to read, one step at a time, but the chapters are fairly well labeled, so you can feel free to skip around and read the chapters that are most pertinent to your situation. The approach they take is conservative, and they sometimes give several possibilities regarding issues that are not just black and white. Overall, I recommend all Christian parents read this and at least entertain the ideas given. Whatever method is chosen, the most important thing we can do is something rather than nothing at all.
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This is an excellent resourse full of practical tips and methods to inform/teach the younger generation about this all important topic. It provides a clear, concise, Godly aspect to the topic! For those who are not of either the Judeo or Christian faith, do not be turned off by the Godly aspect. If you want your children to grow up an enter into marriage with a healthy/positive attitude about sex, this and the God's Design for Sex series are the tools for you. This book is not an easy read. It will require some thought and some time. I'd classify it as a training manual - no pictures, just thought provoking, solid, useful and usable information.

This and the companion childrens books will be Christmas gifts for the young families on our Christmas list.
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As a catholic mom, I found this book to be an excellent starting point in forming my own thoughts about sex before trying to talk about it to my kids. I love how the authors talk about "inoculating" your children against the damaging messages that the culture will be giving them about sex. I also appreciate how they advise how to talk about it at the different age levels. I have read and re-read this book and I will continue to do so.
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must get this book if you're struggling w/ forming your words or approach to talking w/ your kids. they cover elementary, prepubescent, & teenage years. Additionally, how to deal w/ gender confusion and how to explain homosexuality.
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This book is a well-organized and thought-out coverage of educating our children about God's design for sex. It has been very helpful in even forming ideas about how to cover this information with children of different ages and important topics to cover at each developmental stage. It made a lot of really good points that I hadn't thought about and is also good at reiterating the main points so that I didn't have to look back or try to remember what they were talking about.
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I absolutely love this book. I love its Christian approach to explaining sex to your children. It has helped me to begin the conversation with my 7 year old. It is a must have!
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By Erica on February 11, 2010
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I highly recommend this book to any parent who is seeking a practical guide to mold their child's sexual views and character. I found the book insightful and helpful with age-appropriate dialog, biblical prespectives, and addressing relivant topics such as homosexuality. I can see this becoming a valuable resource as my children grow.
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