additional resources

YouTube Videos

Tea Consent

The Birds & The Bees

* list will be updated quarterly

Books

How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex

     Help Your Children Develop a Positive,

     Healthy Attitude Toward Sex and Relationships

by Dr. John Chirban © 2012

It's So Amazing

by Robie H. Harris & Michael Emberley © 2014

Talking Sex with Your Kids

     Keeping Them Safe and You Sane

by Amber Madison © 2010

Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know

About Sex (But Were Afraid They'd Ask)
     The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development

     from Birth to the Teens

by Dr. Justin Richardson & Dr. Mark Schuster © 2004

The Real Truth About Teens & Sex

     What Teens Are Thinking, Doing, and Talking About

by Sabrina Weill ©2006

PARENT TIPS

 

Remind them they should expect respect.

 

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Websites

Advocates for Youth

Respect, Rights, Responsibility Regarding Youth for Teens, Parents, and Educators

Answer Sex Ed Honestly

Research Site from Rutgers University for Professionals, Parents, and Teens

Marsh Media

Downloadable Booklet on Human Sexuality for Students with Special Needs

Power to Decide

Informative Site about Teen Pregnancy, including Fact Sheets and Statistics

Sex, Etc.

Online Newsletter about Sexuality by and for Teenagers

CONVERSATION STARTERS

TV Watching

  • What do you think about what she/he is wearing?

  • What do you think about how he/she treats his/her partner?

Music Lyrics

  • Listen to music together and ask your child what the lyrics mean.

  • Is he/she comfortable with the lyrics?

Events at School

  • What do you think about your friend being pregnant?

  • Do most of the kids at your school use condoms if they are having sex?

  • What happened with the kids that got busted at school for sexting?

One Way Conversation

  • Keep talking and ignore eye rolling.

  • Ask questions that will encourage a discussion rather than a lecture.

  • Listen non-judgmentally.


READY, SET, TALK

  • It's never too early.

  • ALWAYS use proper names of body parts.

  • The more they know, the more they will talk, so keep talking.


WHAT DO KIDS NEED TO HEAR FROM THEIR PARENTS?

  • How their bodies work.

  • Family/religious values as they relate to sex.

  • Do not lie to your child; you will lose his/her trust.

  • Walk the talk ... be a role model.

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE EMBARRASSED

  • It is normal for both the child and the parent to be embarrassed.

  • Let your child know it is okay and that laughter is okay, but keep talking.


HOW TO ASK QUESTIONS
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  • Who is the question about?

    • Son

    • Daughter

    • Grandchild

    • other

  • Age of child

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