General Health & Wellness Resources
Berman, Laura. Talking to Your Kids about Sex: Turning "the Talk" into a Conversation for Life. London: DK, 2009. Print.
- Offers information and advice to parents on how to talk to their children about sex, with suggested conversation starters for discussing the body, the mind, the media, friends and influences, romantic relationships, sexual relationships, and safer sex, and includes tips on how to approach such topics from the perspective of personal values. --description from CA's library catalog.
Chirban, John T. How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex: Help Your Children Develop a Positive, Healthy Attitude Toward Sex and Relationships. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012. Print.
- "Unfortunately, for many parents, the most important conversations are the hardest. Ninety-three percent of adults are dissatisfied with the sex education they received as children, which is precisely why they are so bad at teaching their kids-- they have no frame of reference. Renowned Harvard Medical School psychologist and frequent Dr. Phil guest John Chirban helps parents talk to their kids about sex. Kids are going to learn about sex, and it is up to parents to decide if their kids are going to learn from them or from MTV. How parents address sex-- their openness, the context, and their attitudes --will impact how their children view their own sexuality and self worth. Dr. Chirban helps parents know when, how, and how much. He uses humor, compassion, and real-life examples to prepare parents for a healthy and ongoing conversation that will equip their kids to own their own sexuality and an understanding of the larger issues of relationships, love, commitment, and intimacy. In addition, parents understand how helping their children understand these veiled yet critical keys of a fulfilling life deepens their own connection with their children."--Publisher's description.
Haffner, Debra. From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children. New York: Newmarket, 2008. Print.
- Offers practical techniques to help parents identify and communicate their own values about sexuality with their children from birth through age twelve.--description from CA's library catalog.
Hyatt, Joanna. The Sex Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents. Los Angeles: Yellow Monkey, 2013. Print.
- As a parent you know it's your job to tackle the sex talk with your teen or pre-teen, but where do you even begin? What do you say? How do you say it? And how can you be sure that what you’re saying is actually getting through? Thankfully, help has arrived. Written with humor and peppered with anecdotes, The Sex Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents is the go-to resource for parents wanting to maximize their time and effectiveness in speaking with their children on these issues.--description from Amazon.com.
Lester, Traci. Teaching the Birds and the Bees without the Butterflies: A Stress-Free Guide for Parents on How to Talk to Young Children about Sex from a Christian Perspective. BookBaby Print, 2014. Print.
- Filled with practical tools and actual dialogue and discussion examples, Teaching the Birds and the Bees without the Butterflies will give you the encouragement to courageously tackle this sensitive issue with confidence and allow you to shape your child’s sexual values before they reach the teen years. Be prepared when the time comes.--description from Amazon.com.
Levin, Diane E., and Jean Kilbourne. So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood, and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. New York: Ballantine, 2009. Print.
- Examines the youth social culture attraction to sex appeal, and discusses body image, Barbie versus Bratz, and the many ways popular culture sends messages about sexuality, which includes television, film, music, and more; and focuses on providing advice for parents that face similar issues.--description from CA's library catalog.
Madison, Amber. Talking Sex with Your Kids: Keeping Them Safe and You Sane - by Knowing What They're Really Thinking. Avon: Adams Media, 2010. Print.
- Provides tips and advice for parents on educating their children about sex, describing ways to become comfortable enough to talk frankly--without revealing too much--and covering a range of topics from sexually transmitted diseases to contraception, with suggestions to talk to girls or boys.--description from CA's library catalog.
Vernacchio, Al. For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values and Health. New York: HarperCollins, 2014. Print.
- "A progressive approach to sexuality education that challenges commonly-held beliefs about how we talk to young people about sex and offers a controversial yet proven alternative to the standard conversations taking place in schools and homes across America."--Provided by publisher.