Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality by Bonnie J. RoughA provocative inquiry into how we teach our children about bodies, sex, relationships and equality—with revelatory, practical takeaways from the authors research and eye-opening observations from the world-famous Dutch approach
Award-winning author Bonnie J. Rough never expected to write a book about sex, but life handed her a revelation too vital to ignore. As an American parent grappling with concerns about raising children in a society steeped in stereotypes and sexual shame, she couldn’t quite picture how to teach the facts of life with a fearless, easygoing, positive attitude. Then a job change relocated her family to Amsterdam, where she soon witnessed the relaxed and egalitarian sexual attitudes of the Dutch. There, she discovered, children learn from babyhood that bodies are normal, the world’s best sex ed begins in kindergarten, cooties are a foreign concept, puberty is no big surprise, and questions about sex are welcome at the dinner table.
In Beyond Birds and Bees, Rough reveals how although normalizing human sexuality may sound risky, doing so actually prevents unintended consequences, leads to better health and success for our children, and lays the foundation for a future of gender equality. Exploring how the Dutch example translates to American life, Rough highlights a growing wave of ambitious American parents, educators, and influencers poised to transform sex ed—and our society—for the better, and shows how families everywhere can give a modern lift to the birds and bees.
Down to earth and up to the minute with our profound new cultural conversations about gender, sex, power, autonomy, diversity, and consent, Rough’s careful research and engaging storytelling illuminate a forward path for a groundbreaking generation of Americans who want clear examples and actionable steps for how to support children’s sexual development—and overall wellbeing—from birth onward at home, in schools, and across our evolving culture.
The Birds and the Bees: How to Answer Questions From Your Child - Teenology 101
How to Talk to Your Child About Sex, Ages 6 to 12
What should kids call their private parts? How do I explain where babies come from? Should I give my child a heads up about puberty? When should we have the "big talk"? These are just a few of the many questions you might have about talking with your child about sex. The sooner you get comfortable with discussing the topic, the smoother future chats will go, so get some tips and talking points for explaining "the birds and the bees" to kids of all ages. As toddlers, they become aware of gender and are somewhat curious about the differences between boys and girls.
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How to talk to your kids about sex: An age-by-age guide
Discussing sex and reproduction with a child for the first time can be an uncomfortable subject. However, it's best your child learns about these topics from you first rather than being exposed to inaccurate information on the playground. Prepare the discussion ahead of time, lean on outside sources when necessary, and leave room for questions.
Over half of parents have not discussed sex with their preteen, according to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Children may begin to ask questions about where babies come from around age five or six. Avoidant children certainly still need the information. Anxious kids also should be reassured that their lack of interest or even disgust is normal but that eventually, they will enjoy this wonderful aspect of special relationships. Teen years: 13 to 18 Open platform Sex is very much on the minds of most teens, says Susan Kuczmarski, Ed. Unfortunately, few adults initiate conversations about sex with their teens. But they should, says Kuczmarski.
At any age, a parent can get caught off guard by the "birds and the bees" questions. My kids range from 3 to 10 and I haven't yet stepped into the fire of the teen years. Still, I feel that the facts-of-life talk should be given at all stages of childhood. The discussions will differ depending on a child's age and how you answer their questions. But keeping the lines of communication open at all ages is very important.