Book Review: A book that would be useful for talking to kids about trauma after having viewed pornography.
A short overview of this book
Nonnie Talks About Trauma by Mary-Jo Podgurski can be used to minimise trauma in children who have seen images online or in the media, or have overheard adult conversations, that they don’t understand.
This is one of the many books in the Nonnie Series, which is a collection of books that approach tough conversations with kindness and respect. She has also written:
- Nonnie Talks About Sex
- Nonnie Talks About Puberty
- Nonnie Talks About Gender
- Nonnie Talks About Trauma
- Nonnie Talks About Pregnancy and Birth
- Inside Out: Your body is amazing inside and out and only belongs to you.
- Nonnie Talks About Consent
I am a huge fan of these books as they are the sort of book that you can sit down and read together with your child, and complete the activities at the end of each chapter. Plus they lead into the topic very gently in a non-confronting way. These books are all based around the story of 2 children and a grandmother who helps them to understand tough topics.
So why is a book about trauma being included in a list of sex education books?
It’s included because kids are often exposed to information and/or images that they do not understand. And if we want them to be able to process and understand what they have seen, in a way where it does not harm them, then we need to help them.
And this book is a useful tool that will allow you to help your child to do this. Especially if your child has seen sexually explicit information.
This is a lovely book that isn’t just a storybook, but a workbook as well. It is divided into chapters, with an activity at the end of each chapter. Which means that you can then talk about what was just discussed and apply it to your child and family.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Nonnie Talks About Trauma by Mary Jo Podgurski is ideal for children between the ages of 8 – 12 years of age. Possibly younger if they are a good reader or if you read through the book together. This is a book for you to read together.
Have a look through the book