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Start Talking to Your Kids about Sex

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Start Talking to Your Kids About Sex is the perfect guide for Catholic parents of young kids. It breaks down many situations with ideas of how to approach them to set up your child for success. I really enjoyed the chapter about boundaries and how to teach them. This book will become a go to recommendation for other Catholic moms.

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Dr. Sandusky has provided parents and caregivers an excellent resource when navigating the difficult, yet absolutely necessary conversations about sex. This includes important considerations such as understanding our bodies, learning helpful/the best language, healthy/appropriate vs. inappropriate touch, boundaries, family rules, and internet safety planning, just to name a few. Start Talking to Your Kids About Sex strongly encourages parents to understand the WHY, the barriers and the practical steps to having ongoing conversations around these topics. The book provides specific examples of how and what to say, appropriate contexts for conversations, preparing for anticipated questions and how to build your and your child’s conversational toolbox with peers and adults. I am so thankful for this helpful, insightful, well-researched and practical resource! I highly recommend this book and know it will make such a positive and empowering difference for your child, your family and many generations to come.

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A how-to for creating a Catholic family culture where conversations about bodies, sex, and boundaries feel normal and the tragic realities of our world (e. g. abuse, pornography exposure at very young ages) are addressed in age-appropriate ways. This book not only gives suggestions of what to say and how to say it, but also compassionately acknowledges that these conversations are often challenging for parents. It invites a gentle curiosity about what gets in the way for parents themselves rather than merely instructing about what to say or do. In my opinion, that’s the biggest strength of this book - giving parents a roadmap to becoming comfortable with the conversations they want to have.

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Although this book is guide for catholic parents, it does have value for non-catholic families. The book is not biblically based, but I don’t feel that this is enough of a reason to leave a poor review. I was particularly impressed with the chapter on what to do / how to respond to a disclosure of unwanted touching. It also helps the reader set boundaries and deals with helping children develop the power and understanding to say no to adults. The author encourages the use of correct terminology of genitalia. I do wish this book had been around when y children were younger. Too often we use our embarrassment of the subject matter as an excuse not to educate our children about their bodies and sex.

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Not biblically based. Long drawn out chapters with no real clearly defined answers to the questions. I wish the answers were more clear and concise.

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