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March 25, 2005

Book Review: Everything you NEVER wanted your kids to know about SEX (but were afraid they’d ask)

Filed under: review, books — suzanne henderson @ 3:10 pm

book by Justin Richardson, M.D. and Mark A. Schuster, M.D.

A book addressing all of those difficult sex questions, and the basic ones too, for infants through teenagers. The authors make a strong initial point, parents need to decide what their views are about sex and what they want to portray to their children. This book will not tell you what you should, or to what degree, tell your kids about specific situations. However, it does raise several questions that will get parents thinking about why they may be reluctant to address specific issues.

I feel that this book is very useful for parents who feel that sexual development is an important part of growing up. Many issues are raised that need discussing either between parents (so they know what they want to say if a question is asked) or to children. I found the aspects that go beyond simple intercourse made this book very valuable. Discussing masturbation and establishing that it is okay to masturbate was dealt with very well.

The book does a good job of avoiding placing any judgement calls on the topics discussed or parents possible feelings toward them. It does present plenty of real life possible situations, ones that most parents may hope will never happen, and how to turn it into a positive discussion about sexuality.

A few of the topics covered in this book: nudity, masturbation, puberty, std’s, safe sex, sexual orientation…