So how do you turn ‘sex education books’ into an opportunity to teach your child something important.
Teachable moments should be your Number 1 strategy for sex education!
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You might slowly introduce that book and then the next day or week, something might happen. You might say, ‘Hey, do you remember how we read that book about feelings the other day? Well, how are you feeling? What’s your feeling at the moment? What’s happening with you?’ So you can then refer back to that book.[00:02:31] Often, with my daughter, I’ll hear something on the radio about sexting, porn, or teenagers and I’ll go, ‘Ah do you think they talked about that in the puberty book we just read?’ Otherwise, you can also introduce them by saying, ‘Hey, I saw Tom’s Mum the other day and she said she bought this great book on puberty. So, I thought that maybe we could start reading it as well.’ Just the sheer act of giving them a sex ed book means that it’s an opportunity for futre teachable moments or an opportunity to talk about sex. [00:03:15] The joy of these books is that there’s a lot of information. Like this book on, ‘Hang-ups, Hook-ups and Holding out,’ by Melissa Holmes and Patricia Hutchinson. It has lots of stories so you could go back and say, ‘Hey you know in that book how they talked about the girl who got pressured into having oral sex at the movies? Do your friends ever talk about that?’ You can use these as an opportunity to talk. Have you got any other ideas on how you could turn a book into a teachable moment?
Have a good one, cheers.
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.