Does This Happen to Everyone by Jan Von Holleben and Antje Helms is a book that answers questions tweens have about puberty, love, sex and relationships.
This is a German book that was originally published with support from the Berlin Family Planning Centre – Balance. It was translated to an English audience in 2014.
I am a huge fan of European sex education books as they are very open-minded and very frank ie the get straight to the point and give you the facts. And I really like this book. So much that I think it will become one of the books that I always recommend to parents.
This book is basically a question and answer book, with detailed answers to 70 of the most common questions that tweens ask about growing up. I run a Youtube channel for tweens, Tween Talk, where I answer their questions about puberty, and the questions that I am asked are very similar to what I see in this book. Today’s tweens are exposed to a lot of information about sex, and this book satisfies their curiosity by providing them with honest age-appropriate answers.
So it talks about topics like porn, falling in love, having sex, like a boy or a girl (or both), having a boy or girlfriend, condoms, contraception, pregnancy, birthing, masturbation and much more. It also covers all the usual stuff that you would expect in a puberty book ie the physical changes that happen as well as periods, wet dreams, erections, pimples, bras, etc.
So if you’re looking for a puberty book that also talks about love, sex and relationships (without giving kids too much information), then this is the book to grab!
Sexual intercourse is talked about in this book.
Does This Happen to Everyone by Jan Von Holleben and Antje Helms is ideal for children from the ages of 11 and older.
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I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and to empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. You can join my online parent support group here and visit my shop for helpful resources.