Author: Educate and Empower Kids
One of the most difficult challenges parents face is how to talk to their kids about sex. Many parents have questions such as “When is the right time to begin talking to our children about sex? How do we successfully open a line of communication with our children? What are the right things to say?” In this book, 30 Days of Sex Talks: Empowering Your Child with Knowledge of Sexual Intimacy, parents are given a simple and effective curriculum on how to begin initiating loving and important conversations about things like sex, intimacy, anatomy, body image, boundaries, dangers of pornography and so much more!
Educate and Empower Kids offers age appropriate material in separate books for ages 3-7, 8-11 and 12+, so that children are having focused, step-by-step conversations based on their own maturity level. The goal with this particular book, for children ages 3-7, is for parents to teach children at an early age to feel comfortable having honest and open communication with each other about important topics. It sends the message to our kids that sexuality and human intimacy is a natural and fulfilling part of our lives. The goal is to establish the topic of sexual intimacy as a positive one, where discussions and questions are both nourished and lovingly encouraged.
The book is called 30 Days of Sex Talks because the curriculum is broken down into 30 discussion topics. The pictures and fonts are bright, friendly and inviting, making it possible to have your child look at the book with you as you discuss the various topics. Each topic has two or three bullet points to consider before teaching your child. There are helpful suggestions of activities under each topic you may want to try, and sample dialogues that can be used with your child. The topics are meant to be a starting point where parents are encouraged to use their own judgement and include additional stories and conversations that would be helpful and necessary for their child’s growth, understanding and well-being.
Parts I Liked Best:
This book is extremely well done! Educate and Empower Kids does a thorough job prepping parents on how to get the most out of this curriculum. The tips and instruction are both encouraging and helpful and parents feel assured that they need not be an expert. The point is to simply get kids familiarized and talking about these important topics. In fact, parents are reassured that their own personal touch of stories and family values are a great way to help children relate to the things they are learning.
I love that each of the 30 discussion topics are very simple and poignant. You don’t get lost in a lot of unnecessary rhetoric; everything is easy, clear and straight to the point. The book was written both by parents and professionals who clearly understand age appropriateness and what holds a child’s attention. The authors do a beautiful job of making what could be a taboo or uncomfortable topic with children very comfortable, easy, and natural.
How This Book Made an Impact in My Life, Especially as a Mother:
I currently have four children with ages ranging from 1-9 years old. It is a very crucial time as a parent to create a positive outlook about sexual intimacy and the special nature of our bodies. I want my children to respect the sacred and personal nature of human sexuality, but I want it to also be a very open and comfortable topic in our home. I have already had great success as I have started these conversations with them. I especially love the unfiltered and innocent answers of my three-year-old as she is learning how capable and amazing her body is! I am so grateful to have this book as an outline for the thoughtful and important subjects my children and I will need to discuss together. I strongly believe that the way children learn about their sexuality for the first time has a lasting impression and can strongly shape their beliefs, so to have parents lovingly be their first teacher is a wonderful gift.
I am beyond thrilled that a resource like this book exists! I love that I can empower my children with knowledge and understanding that will build their self-worth and give them the confidence they need to ask questions and gain a healthy respect for their bodies. This book is truly a priceless tool for any parent!
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