All about Sex: A family Resource on Sex and Sexuality. Our comprehensive resource will help families establish positive sexual values and encourage responsible sexual behaviors. Includes a glossary and an extensive resource section and reading list. Contact: Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., 810 Seventh Avenue, New York NY 10019. Tel: (800) 669-1056. Web: www.plannedparenthood.org.
The Facts of Life: A Guide for Teens and Their Families. This popular booklet offers parents of pre-teens and teens all the information they’ll need to discuss sex and sexuality in a comfortable and accurate way. In addition to basic information, this booklet provides explanations of boys' and girls' sexual feelings and anatomical growth, reproductive systems, masturbation, menstruation, sexual orientation, pregnancy, birth control, and STIs. Also includes information about relationships: when they’re good for you, when they’re not, and how to handle a breakup. Contact: Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., 810 Seventh Avenue, New York NY 10019. Tel: (800) 669-1056. Web: www.plannedparenthood.org.
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Available in most bookstores, this book walks parents through a wide range of typical talks with kids, while at the same time encourages them to listen fully to what their children are saying. Contact: Avon Books, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019. Tel: (800) 669-1056. Web: www.plannedparenthood.org.
Human Sexuality: What Children Should Know and When They Should Know It. This pamphlet takes the mystery out of “What to say?” It aides parents to ensure that children receive sexuality education information this is complete and age-appropriate. Our helpful guide looks at the information needs of children, including toddlers, grade schoolchildren, younger adolescents, and older teens, and explains what children at each stage need to know about human sexuality and their own sexual development. Contact: Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., 810 Seventh Avenue, New York NY 10019. Tel: (800) 669-1056. Web: www.plannedparenthood.org.
Talking About Sex: A Guide for Families. This video and companion kit for families with children ages 10 to 14 contains factual information and discussion guides about such topics as anatomy, puberty, contraception, teen pregnancy, STIs, and HIV/AIDS. Cost: $29.95 (plus shipping and handling). Contact: Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., 810 Seventh Avenue, New York NY 10019. Tel: (800) 669-1056. Web: www.plannedparenthood.org.
Becoming an Askable Parent. This guide instructs parents on what children are experiencing at different ages (from birth to 16) to help them answer questions that both they and their children might have. It also presents typical situations in which parents find themselves as their children become curious about sex. Contact: American Social Health Association, P.O. Box 13827, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3827. Tel: (800) 783-9877. Web: www.ashastd.org.
First Comes Love: All About The Birds And The Bees - And Alligators, Possums, And People Too, by Jennifer Parmelee. Available at most bookstores, "First Comes Love is a charming book for young children about love, sexuality, and relationships, and a wonderful introduction for parents to begin talking with their children about sexuality. The delightful rhymes and illustrations normalize the subject and create a comfortable context for parents and young children to begin this all-important conversation.” –Michael McGee, Vice Present of Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Contact Workman Publishing, 708 Broadway, New York, NY10003. Tel: (800) 722-7202 ext.7593.
It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, and Sex & Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris. Available at most bookstores, this wonderfully illustrated book provides accurate, unbiased answers to nearly every conceivable question, from contraception and puberty, to birth control and AIDS. It’s Perfectly Normal offers young people the real information they need to know now more than ever to make responsible decisions and to stay healthy. Contact: Candlewick Press, 2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140.
Now What Do I Do? How to Give your Pre-Teen Your Messages. This booklet helps parents of 10 to 12 year-old children communicate about teen pregnancy, contraception, self-esteem, media influences, unwanted sexual attention, and homosexuality. A sister publication, Oh No! What Do I Do Now? (Also available in Spanish), helps parents communicate their values about sexuality to their children. Contact: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, 130 West 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY 10036-7802. Tel: (212) 819-9770. Web: www.siecus.org.
Open Up, Listen Up! Produced by Advocates for Youth for “Let’s Talk Month” (every October), Open Up, Listen Up! covers how to talk about STDs, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, and positive educational television viewing. The guide offers messages about both sexual abstinence and contraception, and is available in teen and pre-teen versions. Contact: Advocates For Youth, 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 2100, Washington, DC 20005 Tel: (202) 347-5700. Web: www.advocatesforyouth.org.
Talking With Your Child About Sex, by Mary S. Calderone and James W. Ramey. Available in most bookstores, Talking With Your Child About Sex offers answers to questions children of different ages ask about sex. Contact: Ballantine Books, 201 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022.
The What’s Happening To My Body? Book For Girls, by Lynda Madaras. Available at most bookstores, this book is a growing-up guide for parents and daughters. It allows parents to help a young girl handle her transition to womanhood. She also offers The What’s Happening To my Body? Book For Boys. It is a newly revised edition to that includes information on AIDS, STIs, and birth control appropriate for this age. Contact: Newmarket Press, New York, 18 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017. Tel: (212) 832-3575.