The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from You about Sex

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The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from You about Sex

Format:  Paperback,

219 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Apr 2008

ISBN-13: 9781583333105

ISBN-10: 158333310X

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View our feature on Sharon Maxwell's "The Talk."

A groundbreaking resource to help jump start an ongoing discussion between parents and teens about sex and sexuality Internet chat rooms, boy/girl sleepovers, reality TV . . . there's more to "the talk" than ever before. Faced with a culture that pushes our kids to be "sexy" before puberty begins, how do we explain the power of sexuality in a way that promotes healthy, age-appropriate behavior?
"The Talk" is a breakthrough resource for parents and educators that prepares kids for a hypersexualized world and lays the foundation for ethical sexual behavior that can guide our children from elementary school through college.
Using real-life situations, Dr. Sharon Maxwell demonstrates how dramatically the world of preteen and teen sexual exploration has changed. She helps parents think through the message they want to give to their kids about sexual behavior, and how that message must evolve as their kids get older. Focusing on the importance of love and intimacy, Dr. Maxwell helps parents define their values about sex and gives concrete ways to share those values with teens.
"The Talk" shows parents how to:
* Set family guidelines for safe Internet use
* Address the social power that comes from looking sexy, and the personal responsibility each of us has to use that power appropriately
* Discuss the moral aspects of sexuality in ways teens will understand
* Help children recognize the difference between feelings of sexual desire and love
* Develop principles with our teens that will help them figure out when it's okay to be sexual with someone and when it's not
Dr. Maxwell connects the dots between reproduction, the potent power of sexiness, sexual desire, emotional intimacy, and the spiritual dimension of sexuality. Offering an innovative framework for looking at human sexuality, this book has the potential to change the national conversation on sex education.


Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Apr 2008
ISBN-13: 9781583333105
ISBN-10: 158333310X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 219
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.62
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.94 x 0.62 x 9.0

Chapter outline

Introduction: Who I Am and What This Book Is Aboutp. xiii
It's Personal and the Stakes Are Highp. 1
Healthy Sexual Attitudes Start with Respectp. 21
Wanting to Be Sexy Before Their Timep. 33
Starting the Conversation About Desire and the Power of Sexyp. 41
Self-Discipline: Developing the Muscle to Say No to Something That Feels Goodp. 67
When It Comes to Sex and Teens, Talking Isn't Enoughp. 79
Preparing Kids for the Vulnerabilities of Adolescencep. 107
Sexual Ethics and Religion: Finding Common Groundp. 133
Developing Guidelines for Sexual Behavior That Reflect Your Valuesp. 147
Forming One's Sexual Identity Online: Parenting Just Got a Lot Harderp. 159
Where Are We Going? Musings on the Twisted Road to "Sexual Liberationp. 181
Epiloguep. 197
Contract for Safetyp. 199
Sample Guidelines for Responsible Online Behaviorp. 201
Taking Control of Our Timep. 203
Eleven Principles for Sexual Behaviorp. 205
Notesp. 207
Indexp. 213

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