Parents provide a child with their first exposure to values and attitudes regarding sex and sexuality. Children begin learning about sex from their parents long before the first conversation on the topic ever occurs. They learn from what we do, what we don't do, what we say to each other and what we say to others.
As our children grow older, they hear messages and values about sex from many other sources. In today's society, young people are bombarded with messages about sex from advertising, tv programs, popular music, film and magazines and the internet. New information and messages also come from other adults and other kids. Our children need help to sort through all these messages. They want and need the facts from people they trust.
To be the best sex educators possible, parents need to be informed themselves. We need to become "askable parents" so our children trust us enough to ask questions. We need to teach them to make responsible decisions by providing them with choices and alternatives, whenever possible; by respecting the choices they make; and by helping them learn from the consequences of their decisions.
The Responsible Sex Education Institute Has Resources to Help
For many parents, it is uncomfortable to talk about sex-especially with our children. We may not even know how to begin. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and the Responsible sex Education Institute can help with a wide range of resources to help parents talk to their kids about sex and sexuality issues. Below are some of our most popular resources. But always feel free to call the Responsible Sex Education Institute at 303.321.7526 for personal assistance.
Workshops for Parents
The Responsible Sex Education Institute offers educational workshops designed to assist parent-child communication around sexual health and responsibility.
Talk Is Power: This presentation is designed specifically for parents, guardians, family members and youth-serving professionals that want to sharpen their skills around talking with youth about sexuality and sexual health. Participants have the opportunity to explore their own values around sexuality in a safe and non-judgmental environment. We will also explore how to respond to difficult questions about sexuality and how to plan an effective conversation with a young person. This presentation is a great one to offer to staff members of a youth-serving agency or parents of students that will be getting sexual health education through one of our other presentations or programs.
Sexuality in the Digital World: This training is offered for youth-serving professionals as either a 2.5 hour or 4 hour training or to parents as a 2 hour training. Sexuality in the Digital World reviews common technologies used by youth such as popular TV shows, music, video games, social networking, and more. Participants have the opportunity to learn skills and tips for protecting themselves and their youth as technology becomes ever more prominent in our lives.
Workshops for parent groups and for parent-child groups can be arranged by calling 303.321.7526.
For youth ages 0-8:
What's the Big Secret?: Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys by Laurie Krasny Brown
Where Did I Come From? By Peter Mayle (for ages 8+)
Amazing You!: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts By Gail Saltz
Said No! A kid-to-kid guide to keeping your private parts private by Kimberly King
It’s So Amazing: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families (Robie Harris, 2004)
It’s Not the Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends (Robie Harris, 2008)
Who Has What?: All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ Bodies (Robie Harris, 2011)
For preteens ages 9-13:
American Medical Association’s Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen (Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer, 2006)
American Medical Association’s Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen (Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer, 2006)
It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health (Robie Harris, 2004)
For teens ages 14+:
Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships (Ruth Bell, 1998)
GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens (Kelly Huegel, 2003)
The “Go Ask Alice” Book of Answers: A Guide to Good Physical, Sexual and Emotional Health (Columbia University’s Health Education Program, 1998)
How Can You Tell If You’re Really In Love? (Sol Gordon, 2001)
Salud: A Latina’s Guide to Total Health (Jane Delgado, Ph.D., 2002)