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Dating Smarts - What Every Teen Needs To Date, Relate Or Wait Paperback – February 8, 2016
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Over 10 years ago when she was struck-dumb by her son's questions abouthis body, sexuality educator Amy Lang, MA got her poop in a group anddecided to help parents (and herself) learn how to talk to kids aboutthe birds and the bees. Advice guru Dan Savage says Amy is "a parents'best-friend-with benefits" when it comes to the sex talks. She is stillmarried to her first husband and they are getting the hang of parentingtheir teenage son. He recently told her he would rathertalk to strangers than his parents about sex. Amy lives in Seattle, WAand you can learn more about her and her work at BirdsAndBeesAndKids.com
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And now your child wants to date someone! Your kid is growing up and needs to learn how to have fun while being responsible. Because of your own experiences with dating, you may have dark thoughts: foreplay, sex, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections! Ack! It's enough to give you the heebie-jeebies!
Dating should be fun, so how can you help your child create the best-case scenario, while avoiding the worst?
One dad I know greeted his daughter's potential suitor by inviting the boy to sit with him on the front porch. "So you want to go out with my daughter," he said. This was followed by questions about the boy's intentions while he slowly whittled away on a wooden cylinder about the size of...well, you know.
I've always thought this story was hilarious, but of course it's not the approved solution! The good news: childhood sexuality expert Amy Lang has written Dating Smarts: What Every Teen Needs to Know to Dare, Relate or Wait, a resource that can help parents and teens plow through issues that could be scary for both.
For over 25 years, Lang has counseled parents and teens about every aspect of sexuality and dating. Because she knows the territory so well, her advice is thorough and wise. Her writing style is perfect for young people: honest, compassionate, direct, and plain-spoken. Her book covers all the important topics. I like the way she coaches teens to learn what their values and boundaries are, so they can set expectations and manage behavior while having fun.
Like all good how-to books written for teens, a parent can use Dating Smarts several ways:
- Read the book to prepare for parent-teen discussions
- Simply give the book to the teen
- Read the book, have your teen read it, then discuss the topics
One of the benefits of raising kids in the early 21st century is that resources like this exist. So you won't have to pull out your pocket knife on the front porch.