- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (May 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801018994
- ISBN-13: 978-0801018992
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know about Their Kids and Sex Paperback – May 17, 2016
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"Far too many Christian parents are afraid of 'too much, too soon' when it comes to their kids knowing about sex. Unfortunately, this often means parents say too little, too late. Anne's book shatters this and other misconceptions. In our hyper-sexualized culture, 5 Things delivers a timely and critical message." Luke Gilkerson, author of The Talk and Educational Resource Manager for Covenant Eyes
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I specify open minded because it is written by a devout Christian and it discuses religion often.
But unlike some books who take this approach Miller stays realistic. She knows kids will be exposed to sexual images and song lyrics and that some will choose to have sex. She doesn't keep blinders on that children who go to church are exceptions.
In fact she directly addresses the issue of so many parents assuming their children are the exceptions to the statistics. She directly addresses a lot of things. She talks openly about not just sex but also porn and addiction. Including her own experience with an addiction to Internet porn.
Unlike so many books she avoids a judgmental tone. She does discuss religion and God often and I do worry that that will scare some people away from the book. Just as the frank talk of sex and not just preaching abstinence or nothing may scare off some of the crowd that wouldn't mind the talk of God and religion.
I hope both groups over look their prejudices and give this book a chance. You can respect her religion without taking offense to it because you have a different religion or no religion. I assure you those parts of the book are easy to skip and the rest is very informative. As for the religious crowd that are against teaching their kids about sex....they will learn one way or another. It really is better comingfrom you.
While I was already open minded and intending to be honest with my kids about sex and I'm not Christian, I still found useful information in this book and highly recommend it to anyone with kids. *Especially*if you are certain your kids know nothing about porn or sex.
*i received this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*
*although I did receive this book for free to review I intend to purchase the other books by this author because she has intrigued me and she has a very accessible writing style and an an open mindedness and air of acceptance that I wish more people of any religion (and those that arent religious) had*
Ms. Miller is very open about her qualifications for writing on this topic. She shares about growing up as a pastor’s daughter and the sheltered life that didn’t prepare her for the real world of sex. She endured sexual abuse at the hands of a youth pastor in high school, which led her to turn to pornography and have an unfaithful relationship with a young man she was engaged to before finally breaking free by God’s grace. She is now a speaker at colleges and churches on the topic of sex, and is happily married. Her story is heartbreaking yet encouraging, as she shares how God has healed her and is using her to bring light and hope to a subject that can be intimidating and even terrifying for parents.
Ms. Miller’s 5 points center around one thing: your child is not the exception. In talking to our kids about sex, the ineffectiveness of sheltering, mainstream media offerings, pornography, and sexual abuse, she underlines the fact that avoiding talking with them in hopes of not “spoiling” our kids’ innocence will only backfire. They will learn about all these topics from someone, and don’t we want it to be us, their parents?
She explains that the best approach is not just one big conversation at some predetermined age, but a lifetime of open, respectful discussions that are age-appropriate and that can and should be initiated by both parent and child. Families should determine their values and then cover these topics in light of that. The best way to protect our children is to educate them and to prove ourselves trustworthy listeners and information givers. Ms. Miller gives very thoughtful information based on her most up-to-date research, as well as providing updates via her website 5thingsbook.com.
Each chapter ends with very practical tips (“The Bottom Line”) as well as a written interview with an expert on the topic covered within. I feel well-equipped to have meaningful conversations with my daughters, and am not intimidated by issues that may arise. I am thankful for this book and highly recommend it to parents who want to have honest, real conversations with their kids on a hard but beautiful subject.
I received a free copy of this book from Baker Books, and was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.