Explaining Sex to Your Kids? Start With These Great Books
Can we talk about SEX?! Sure, that got your attention, but most kids don’t have the courage to just ask you about sex, even though they’re all wondering about it. Blow off the conversation and they might end up turning to their potentially misinformed peers for answers instead of you — yes, we shudder at the thought, too. As uncomfortable as it may seem now, establishing open lines of communication about sex when kids are young takes the awkwardness out of talking about it throughout puberty. When you’re ready to begin discussing the birds and the bees, these books highlighted by Circle of Moms are a great place to start.
It’s Not the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends, by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley, $11.55, from Amazon This little book explains sex in basic terms and highlights okay touching vs. NOT okay touching which is something we want to make very, very clear to our curious kids.
Where Did I Come From?, by Peter Mayle, illustrated by Arthur Robins, $9.95, from Amazon While the cartoon characters of this book resemble those from Family Guy, the content is 100% kid-friendly. Inside, the pictures help demonstrate love, sex, and where we all come from.
What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls, by Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras, $9.62, from Amazon By Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras It’s more than a “what’s going on down there” guide for girls — this book also deals with body image and romantic/sexual feelings for tweens and teen. Think of this book like Vaginas for Dummies.