ABOUT Sex Ed Rescue

Empowering parents to talk to their kids about love, sex, relationships & growing up openly and honestly
 through online education and parent resources

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Hi, I'm Cath Hakanson or just plain ol' cath hak. It is much less of a mouthful to pronounce!

Breaking sex education down into something that parents can understand and then actually do, is what I enjoy doing.

Helping you to have the type of relationship with your child, where they know that they can talk to you about anything (no matter what) is my #1 goal!

Registered Nurse |  Midwife | Post-Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health & Venereology | Masters of Health Promotion | Post-Graduate Diploma of Sexology | Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training | Cert IV Relationship Education

Who I help

I help parents from all over the world with sex education. Parents with kids of all ages - from babies to toddlers, preschoolers, tweens and even teens.

Parents who want to:

  • Improve their kid’s safety.
  • Teach their kids self-respect, boundaries and appropriate behaviour.
  • Be the one their children ask first (before they get mis-informed by the wrong source or make the wrong decision).
  • Get the knowledge, skills and confidence to have conversations about sex.
  • Get over their own stuff (the stuff that stops sex education completely).
  • Navigate content so they find the wisdom, not the rubbish.
  • Seize the teachable moments in a natural way (goodbye awkward sermons).
  • Raise children who become teenagers more likely to talk to them about sex, drugs, parties and bullying.

Ultimately, I help parents have the kind of relationships with their kids they really want to have.

Relationships that feel safe, shame-free, secure and special.

Featured as #3 in the Top 15 Sex Education Blogs And Websites To Follow In 2019

Through blogposts, courses, videos, online support groups books & printables, I help parents to:

  • Initiate conversations with your kids without needing to be an expert (or sexpert!).
  • Know where to find answers to the questions you can’t answer.
  • Recognise teachable moments and opportunities to talk to your kids about sexuality, sex, their bodies (no more damage control).
  • Be an askable parent so that your kids feel safe to ask questions, not just about sex, but about everything and anything.
  • Not hide from or hope that you’ll never have to answer questions about sex. (NEWSFLASH: sex has been around for a long time, it’s not going anywhere).
  • Develop the skills to help your kids through different issues that you may not have gone through (social media, porn, sexting).
  • Be a wise parent that values your kids’ natural curiosity and guides them to make positive decisions.

Some of the places I have been seen...

You can find an extensive list of the different places I have been featured, on my Work with Me page.

Why I can help you

I believe that if your kids can talk to you about sex…

they can talk to you about anything.

I have been working in sexual health for over 25 years now! And in that time I have worn many hats:

Nurse. Clinician. Educator. Counsellor. Therapist. Consultant. Researcher. Author.

My friends call me a sexpert (and often call on my expertise), but I think my daughter sums me up the best: I am just a mum who talks about sex.

Yes, I do talk about sex a lot, but in ways that strengthen relationships between parents and children. I love helping other mums and dads feel comfortable about having these conversations with their kids.

Professionally-speaking, my interests have included STIs (sexually transmitted infections), women’s sexual and reproductive health, female sexual dysfunction, child sexual development, child sexual abuse and sex education. But ever since becoming a mother in 2006, sex education has been my main interest.

You see, I was surprised by how I reacted to my own child’s sexual behaviour, questions and responses. Why was it that I could talk to one of my clients about their masturbation but I felt uncomfortable talking to my own child about hers?

An intensive search for reliable and practical information, and conversations with many other parents made me realise that I was not alone in my struggle. Other parents also struggled with understanding what sex education was and how to do it.

Sex Ed Rescue was born out of a passion for sex education. I believe that when a parent can talk to their kid about sex in a natural, supportive and shame-free way they do everyone a favour: themselves, their communities and especially their children.

Sex Ed Rescue was established to help parents develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to start talking with their kids about sexuality, relationships and keeping safe.

Wouldn’t you love to be the parent your kids turn to?

Can you imagine feeling empowered, natural and supported in your conversations about sex?

I’d love to help you be that parent.