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Talking Sex with Your Kids

October 4, 2010

Talking Sex with your Kids
written by Amber Madison
Adams Media, 2010
non-fiction, parenting

I dreaded reading this book. Now that I’ve read it, I can honestly say, it’s really worth reading NOW, whatever age your kids are.

Amber Madison wants us to wake up and realize that whether or not we want to deal, our kids will be dealing with sex — even if they’re just hearing about it from friends.  She quotes the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey that found 1 of 3 high school freshman students has had sex.  Freshman!?  (It’s 2 of 3 by senior year.)

Madison suggests talking to your child about sex while in the car.  Why? Because neither your child or you can get up and run away AND you don’t have to make eye contact.

As far as sex and the media, research shows that less than 1% of the sexual content portrays healthy sexual behavior so as a parent, you need to teach your kids to be smarter than the media by talking about the messages in the media.

“When a movie shows two gorgeous teen actors having hot Hollywood sex, protest how unrealistic it is that they never stopped to use a condom and that neither one is freaking out about pregnancy or STDs.  Sit down with your daughter as she’s leafing through a magazine and tell her about all the airbrushing they do to pictures . . “

I have quite a bit of this book highlighted. Madison writes about STDs, respecting yourself and questioning authority (like an older guy), what both boys and girls need to know and more. It’s a very well written, easy-to-read guide. I highly recommend it.

WIN a copy of Talking Sex with your Kids. E-mail your name and address (to make book delivery faster) to deborah.mock@parenthood.com with “Talking Sex” in the subject line. We will randomly select one lucky winner to receive a copy of the book. Deadline for entry is midnight MST on October 27, 2010.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Marcy Strahan permalink
    October 28, 2010 5:19 am

    This sounds like a must have book for anyone’s home library!

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