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Making Sense of “it” by Alison Macklin

Book Review:  A  go-to resource for teens about love, sex and relationships.

Book Review

Making Sense of "it" by Alison Macklin is a go-to resource for teens about anything they may want to know about love, sex and relationships.

Books like this are an invaluable resource for both parents and teens. For parents, it means that you know your kid has a resource with up-to-date and accurate information about sex. No more turning to the internet and getting the wrong information.

For teens, it means they have something to turn to with the questions that they don't ask their questions. It doesn't matter how approachable or open and honest you are in your house, there are times when teens will turn elsewhere for information.

Topics inside this book include:

  • the human brain in relation to sex and puberty
  • what sexuality is
  • the need for human touch
  • sexual identity and orientation
  • gender roles
  • feeling horny
  • various levels of “risk” in sexual behaviours
  • signs of healthy and negative relationships
  • consent culture
  • sex toys, fetishes, and fantasies
  • pornography
  • choosing when to become sexually active
  • tactics to improve communication with sexual (current or potential) partners
  • how to get help and be an active bystander when witnessing sexual harassment and assault
  • abortion

Sections are included to help parents and teens to break the ice with conversations and to have open and honest conversations, including conversation starters with each chapter.

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Ideal ages

Making Sense of "it" by Alison Macklin is ideal for kids aged 14+.

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of Making Sense of "it" by Alison Macklin from Amazon or Book Depository.

You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.

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My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.

Which means that inside this website, you'll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about love, sex, relationships and growing up.

My Sex Education 101 page includes all of the information on sex education. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics.

My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with talking to your child about growing up.

You'll find videos about sex ed in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about sex education yourself.

You’ll also find an extensive range of sex education books for children, for kids of all ages. There's even some books in there for parents! 

If you're looking for some ideas on how to talk to your child about bodies, How to Talk to Kids About Bodies, will help you to start naming the private body parts and to have shame-free conversations with them about bodies. It is filled with lots of different ideas on how to have natural converasations with your child about their body. 

You'll also find some child friendly anatomically-correct cartoon illustrations of the genitals and internal reproductive organs that are appropriate for children from the age of 3 and up. Let's Look at Different Body Parts is a printable that will help take the awkward out of talking to your child about their body, so they grow up feeling educated, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.

If you're worried that talking to your child about bodies might lead to questions about sex, then you can relax. How to Talk to Kids About Sex, will help you to explain sexual intercourse to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that  take the stress out of explaining!

If you want a printed book to hold in your hands, then the  The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid's ask parents about sex. Which means you don't need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands. 

If you want the answers to questions about a lot more than just sex, then Sex Ed Quickies is your best option. It has answers to 300+ questions  that kids commonly ask parents,  including how babies are made, sexual intercourse, body parts, puberty, relationships, pregnancy, birth, masturbation, sexual diversity, gender, pornography, STIs, contraception and much more.

About the Author Cath Hakanson

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 empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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