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jillian
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So I am a student therapist and my supervisor charged me with finding books regarding s*x and s*xuality. I need a good continuum from abstinence to how to be safe if you do. And some books about what is normal in s*xual development as well as the emotional consequences. Many of the clients in the practice aren't church-going. Please help. What has worked well to use together or to let your kids read through alone and come to you with questions?

 

No judgement please, Amazon is only so much help

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My only advice would be to get the book from the library and read it FIRST. I'm sure glad I did. The What's Happening to My Body? books were recommended by our pediatrician. Our library had the current/new editions. Our ped was shocked when I told her that there were pages of, shall we say, alternative names for various body parts -- language I would NEVER want to hear my dc use.

 

For younger girls, there is an American Girl book on the subject of growing up/physical changes (no s**) that is excellent.

 

Rainbow Resource has a number of books -- some of them look as though they'd be suitable for conservative families.

 

I have read through books with dd and then given her the books to reread. She comes to me with her questions.

 

My ds gets a LOT of info in ps health class -- I have the syllabus and handouts from the school website. To his profound embarrassment, I discuss it with him. I have said again and again that, if something goes wrong, he will know that I can talk about anything. I also have told him that he can go directly to the doctor without me.

 

BTW, I used to work/volunteer for a teen hotline. Talking frankly is a learned behavior for me.

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I have so passed on the planned parenthood teen link. It allows for a bit more anonymity for those who are embarrassed or can't talk to anyone in real life. I'm also putting some good books together for parents for a real look at sex today and trends for teens

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My only advice would be to get the book from the library and read it FIRST. I'm sure glad I did. The What's Happening to My Body? books were recommended by our pediatrician. Our library had the current/new editions. Our ped was shocked when I told her that there were pages of, shall we say, alternative names for various body parts -- language I would NEVER want to hear my dc use.

 

 

Yup, many of the books I looked at had those wonderful additions to vocabulary. Completely disgusted me.

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I'm not too concerned about the vocabulary issues for this particular project because let's be honest, most teens have heard it through the school grapevine and if they are having sex/or interested in having sex like many clients in this practice are and can't talk to their parents I'd rather have them have a very comprehensive book with few "bad" parts. I.E. good information regarding protection, the emotional consequences, etc and have a few references or "other things you may have heard said" or slang. Hope that makes sense I'm running out the door to the library now lol

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Thank you. I cleared out my library's section on parenting kids and talking about s*x and just about everything they had about s*x and s*xuality for teens (general) and boys and girls separately. I have a long weekend of reading about s*x and trying to not freak out regarding my dd growing up. The Bare Facts was listed but checked out, and our system is down so we can't request from another library for a hold

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