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Many parents find that talking with their children about sexuality and reproduction can be overwhelming. There are many tools to help you, no matter if you’ve already begun talking with your children about sexuality and want help answering specific questions, or if you don’t know how to start the discussion. We hope reading about talking with your kids about sex and sexuality will be helpful.

There are also many other resources that can help:



Advocates for Youth

The Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health

Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

Talk With Your Kids

Teaching Sexual Health

There’s No Place Like Home … for Sex Education


Books About Talking with Your Children About Sexuality

How to Talk with Teens About Love, Relationships, and S-E-X by Amy G. Miron and Charles D. Miron

Sex & Sensibility: The Thinking Parent's Guide to Talking Sense About Sex by Deborah M. Roffman

Sexuality: Your Sons and Daughters With Intellectual Disabilities by Karin Melberg Schwier and David Hingsburger

Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying by Michael Riera

Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality by Terri Couwenhoven

The Real Truth About Teens and Sex: From Hooking Up to Friends with Benefits — What Teens Are Thinking, Doing, and Talking About, and How to Help Them Make Smart Choices by Sabrina Weill

Why Do They Act That Way?: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by David Walsh

Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' "Go-To" Person about Sex by Deborah Roffman

For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Healthby Al Vernacchio

Making Sense of "It": A Guide to Sex for Teens (and Their Parents, Too!) by Alison Macklin

Books for Children

There are books written about sexuality for children of different ages. Reading books about sexuality with your children is a great way for you to break the ice and start an ongoing discussion. And children will benefit from having books like these in your home to look at when they have questions about sexuality.

It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie Harris (for ages 4 and up)

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris (for ages 10 and up)

It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Familiesby Robie Harris (for ages 7 and up)

What's the Big Secret?: Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (for ages 4-8)

The “What's Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sons by Lynda Madaras and Martin Anderson (for ages 8 to 15)

The “What's Happening to My Body?” Book for Girls: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Daughters by Lynda Madaras and Marcia Herman-Giddens (for ages 8 to 15)

Let’s Talk About Sex by Robie Harris

Who Has What? All About Girls' Bodies and Boys' Bodies by Robie Harris (for ages 4-8)

What's in There? All About Before You Were Born by Robie Harris (for ages 2-5)

Additional Resources

Don’t hesitate to seek out additional support. Talk with friends and family members about their experiences talking with their children about sexuality. Ask them what worked and what didn’t work for them.

You can also encourage your parent-teacher association (PTA), church, or temple to invite Planned Parenthood educators to talk with parents about this important topic.