Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Teaching Children About Sex using the temple as your guide

Teaching Children About Sex blog tour
About the book:

It’s time for the talk. Teach your children the truth about sexual intimacy in a world of shifting values and ideas. With expert advice and age-appropriate wording, you learn how to use the temple as a beautiful analogy to discuss with your kids the sacred subject of sex. Timely and clear, this book is a must-read for parents, teachers, and leaders.

About the author:
Cherri H. Brooks grew up in Centerville, Utah and attended Utah State University where she earned her M.S. in Family and Human Development. She is the author of the LDS Living Magazine article, “Talking to Kids about Sex.” Her blog is She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her husband and three children.

From Reidhead Randomness:
The idea behind this book is to make having "THE TALK" easier.  It also helps you to build a trusting and strong relationship with your kids.  It helps by easing you into the the "hot button" or taboo topics that can be awkward to talk about. 

It talks about playing doctor, self exploration, privacy, masturbation, sex, puberty, relationships, abstinence, homosexuality, abuse, harassment, rape, gender identity, same sex attraction, and definition of marriage.  Each of the sections is broken out into phases of "learners" and has a great Questions, answers and ideas section for each type of phase.

This book handles these sensitive topics with tact and grace.  You are given ideas of how to handle situations, and then reminded to invite the spirit in your life for each situation.  It also provides some guidance of what is age appropriate and which topics to address at different ages. There are talks and reports from the church leaders that are referenced to help in difficult conversations. 

This book is very much geared to religious and LDS parents.  It works to teach you the values and council of the church leaders in each of these topics to be able to teach your kids correctly....and as delicately as possible.  It is pointed out that kids will learn much at school from their peers, but that it is parent's responsibility to teach them correct principles at home.


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