Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
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
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Few parents enjoy those oh-so-important talks with children about the "facts of life." The fact is, you can (and probably should!) begin the conversation as soon as a child turns 3 years old. As for the delicate wording--Linda and Richard Eyre (Teaching Your Children Values) have plenty of suggestions in their comprehensive, step-by-step guide, How to Talk to Your Child About Sex. Starting with the "Preliminary 'As Needed' Talks with Three-to-Eight Year-Olds," the Eyres arrange their chapters by age, including the "The Age Eight 'Big Talk'" and numerous chapters on talking with preteens and adolescents.
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
From Library Journal
These books concentrate on teen abstinence, idealizing post-adolescent marriage and "committed relationships" as the best settings for sex. The Eyres, authors of several books on parenting, including Teaching Your Children Values (LJ 3/15/93), propose telling children: "Sex is awesome and wonderful: save it for the one you love." Tips, reading selections, and sample dialogs are given for each age group, along with appropriate preparation and follow-up. Though much here is excellent, few sex educators support withholding information from young children, as the Eyres seem to recommend; and the book cannot stand alone, since many details about sex are not provided. Only for libraries with other, more detailed books, such as Mary Calderone and James Ramey's Talking with Your Child About Sex (LJ 12/15/82), Patty Stark's Sex Is More Than a Plumbing Lesson (Preston Hollow, 1991), and Stanton and Brenna Jones's Christian-based How & When To Tell Your Kids About Sex (NavPress, 1993). Pogany, a medical/science journalist, makes some good points (e.g., coitus can have devastating consequences for adolescents), and her assertions are well referenced. Nor is she preachy; rather, she aims to empower young people to reach their own goals. Still, Sex Smart is ultimately a straightforward "scare" book and is recommended only for collections with other, comprehensive teen sex books. But do buy Patti Breitman and others' excellent How To Persuade Your Lover To Use a Condom...And Why You Should (LJ 8/87).AMartha Cornog, American Coll. of Physicians, Philadelphia
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
My husband and I followed the authors' advice based on their experience in this area with their nine (!) children and had the Big Talk last night with our older daughter who had recently turned eight. We followed the dialogue pretty closely with just a few changes/additions here and there, and our evening out exceeded all our expectations. We also read during the talk a second book from their recommended sources list How Babies Are Made, by Andrew Andry and Steven Schepp, which was well-liked by our daughter and us. (It was not a resource of the Eyres' first choice -which is Where Do I Come From?" by Peter Mayle - but we opted out of that one as the amazon reviews told us it would be too graphic for us.)
Our bright child tends to keep things to herself and we were afraid she would "clamp down" and it would turn into a lecture, but the clever questions really engaged her and she was very receptive and inquisitive, not wanting for the moment to stop. It turned out she did not know much about "the big hug," save for some seahorse mating she saw on PBS, and took it all as the most natural thing, with no embarrassment or jokes. She had more questions for me this a.m. while getting ready for school, all of which I was happy to answer. We hope this will be the beginning of many years of open discussions on the "most wonderful amazing thing on the earth!"
I liked that the book breaks it down into age appropriate stages and what to cover at that stage, many books do not contain information for the 3 to 8 year olds and this is a very important time to lay the foundation of great communication and openness of talking about sex as well as helping put some of the parents values as part of the families values.
I was also impressed with the information for the -15 to 19 year olds - for the parents who were wanting their children to wait to have sex or wishing they would wait. Eyre's feel it is best to start early with the sex talks but it never too late. It was nice to read a book that breaks it down into sex, love and commitment. It was a very practical and doable approach for any type of family communication.