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Resources to help you talk to your child about sex

If you are thinking about talking to your child about sex, but are looking for some support material to read first, here are a few suggestions. One very new book is called “Keys to Your Child’s Healthy Sexuality,“ by Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, which is written for parents. (Barrons; 6.95) Another good source of information is you family doctor’s office. Many doctors have booklets that might be suitable, as do county health departments.

Still another resource is your local school PTA. The national PTA office has some excellent booklets on talking to children about sex, and these materials are meant to be read and used together, parent and child. The web site for the national parent and teacher association is www.pta.org

Be sure to remember that it is not just the facts of sexuality that need to be covered. Parents also need to be aware that it is the way they discuss sexuality (calmly, openly and objectively) and the ways they communicate their own moral values that will make the most impact.

When you talk with your child take your time, take it easy, and do not cover too much, too fast. You need to take the lead from the child as to how much information to share at one time.

Evelyn Petersen’s nationally syndicated parenting column is carried in over 200 newspapers twice each week. As a family/parenting consultant, early childhood educator, Head Start consultant, and host of a series of parent training audio and video tapes, Ms. Petersen employs an approach of providing hands-on, nuts and bolts advice to parents across the country.Evelyn Petersen’s nationally syndicated parenting column is carried in over 200 newspapers twice each week. As a family/parenting consultant, early childhood educator, Head Start consultant, and host of a series of parent training audio and video tapes, Ms. Petersen employs an approach of providing hands-on, nuts and bolts advice to parents across the country. You can read more from Evelyn at her web site: www.askevelyn.com

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