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Third Base Ain't What It Used to Be: What Your Kids Are Learning About Sex Today- and How to Teach Them to Become Sexually Healthy Adults Paperback – October 2, 2007

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About the Author

Logan Levkoff has been a sex educator for over ten years. She lectures across the country and develops and implements sexuality programs for students of all ages. She lives in New York. Author website: loganlevkoff.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451222490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451222497
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As a godparent to several kids but with none of my own, I was very excited to read this book. Levkoff gives advice to adults on how to make kids feel comfortable with themselves and the fact that sexuality is part of our humanity from the time that kids are infants to when they are teens struggling to make the right decisions. The strongest aspect of this book is that it reminds parents and other adults who are important in a child's life that it is up to us to help kids make healthy choices and decisions about sexuality, and she gives us the tools to help us do so. No topic is left unexplored - from oral sex to abortion, it is all in there. Levkoff's sense of humor makes it an easy read and also hopefully will set the tone for any future conversations I may have with people who look to me for help. It's a great and important resource for anyone who cares about helping kids grow up safe, healthy, and happy.
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Third base sure aint what it used to be. I am now a grandmother and have both young grandchildren and teenagers. Third base is a great reference guide that helps me stay current with our teenage granddaughters and gandsons. It is a challenging world to grow up in and this book helps me to know how to communicate from todays world.
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This is truly a breath of fresh air! As a mother of two girls on the cusp of their teenage years, this book couldn't have come at a better time. Logan - thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so candid about these sensitive topics. My girlfriends and I have already chosen Third Base Ain't What It Used to Be as our next book for bookclub. Hope this is the first of many - can't wait to read more.
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Not so much a how-to book on sexual education for your kids but thought provoking with several important things NOT to do. Great perspective on how things have changed since we were teens. Sound, scientific, and sex-positive advice and information for parents who should be educating their children to make healthy and ethical decisions when the time comes. Parents should not let their schools, churches, or the Internet be responsible for their children's sexual education. Not an easy subject to discuss with our kids but very necessary. Abstinence only programs don't cut it. Kids need fact based information to make healthy informed choices.
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I was very impressed with the mountain of information presented, yet it was not overwhelming or scary. Logan is precise without burdening a parent with too much information.

Levkoff gives the facts, she is straightforward and her book is easy to read. Most importantly, she helps you teach your children about sex according to your values. What parent could ask for anything more?

I strongly urge you to go out and get Third Base Ain't What it Used to Be. It's worth your time.
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This book brings a refreshing and honest portrayal of what kids do, don't, and want to know and how we, as parents, can openly and honestly discuss "taboo" topics.

I truly appreciate the candor of this book and found the anecdotes completely relatable to my situation; a parent raising children in today's "loose" society. Its about time somebody sheds light, through personal experiences, on what (and how) our kids are learning about sex and sexuality. Although I am only on Chapter Four, so far this book has given me a framework for talking to my kids about these important issues.

It's rather scary to think who may be raising our kids (with all of the sensational sex-centric shows on television not to mention our celebrity role models) if we as parents aren't. Thanks to Logan for helping parents teach kids some of the most important lessons they'll ever need to learn.
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This book is a perfect guide to how to interpret your children or teens reactions to societies pressures on sexual involvement. Also, it serves as an excellent resource to parents for answering questions and jargon associated with todays teen increase in sexual involement. very VERY happy with this book and the author perfectly balances her wealth of knowledge with comedy and ease of delivery of information. get this book. do it.
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I haven't actually tried out the advice, but seems mostly sound.

key points:
-The most important advice is to be honest with your children (this goes for other areas too, not just when it comes to sex ed)! Give them accurate information along with sharing your own opinions and values.
-Take advantage of many opportunities to educate instead of trying to dump a bunch of info on a child all at once.
-Instead of just talking at your child, discuss. Ask questions to find out what your children want to know, what they already know and the values they have.
-Be practical & stay calm. Even when your child may say/do things that alarm you, try to let the child know that ne can come to you. (for example, your teen reveals he's having sex - be glad he can talk to you about it and get your advice and support; if you act horrified, your teen may not come to you in the future about sex-related problems)

The writing is informative, but engaging. I especially liked that she talked about the importance of teaching children to use accurate names for body parts and recommended talking to your children about consent.

I rate the book 3-stars because of some inaccurate information.
What she describes as the clitoris is actually just the clitoral glans (the tip of a much larger underlying structure).
And she is dead-wrong about the foreskin. She calls it "a piece of skin at the head of the penis" and denies its sexual functions. Foreskin actually is a double-sided sleeve of skin and mucosal tissue that amounts to as much as half of the skin of the penis. Foreskin seals in natural lubrication and reduces uncomfortable friction. It protects the glans penis, keeping it sensitive and moist.
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