cover of The Care and Keeping of Us (American Girl)

The Care and Keeping of Us (American Girl)

Inside:  A mother/daughter book for talking about puberty.

About this book

The Care and Keeping of Us is a mother/daughter set of books from American Girl that provide an opportunity for talking and learning about puberty together.

This is a set of 3 books that provide information but also questions. So it provides both you and daughter with information about growing up. As well as many questions that you can ask each other, to keep the conversation going. There is also a journal that provides some structured content that you can work through together, strengthening your connection with each other. A good alternative to the other American Girl books but it talks more about growing up than the changes associated with puberty.

Sexual intercourse is NOT talked about in this book.

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Ideal ages

The Care and Keeping of Us (American Girl) is ideal for children between the ages of 11 - 13 years of age.

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of The Care and Keeping of Us (American Girl) 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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Resources

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, Let's Talk 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. Let's Talk 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 your're unsure about how to answer your child's questions about sex, then 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. 

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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