Right age to talk about birds and bees

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right age to talk about birds and bees

Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality by Bonnie J. Rough

A provocative inquiry into how we teach our children about bodies, sex, relationships and equality—with revelatory, practical takeaways from the authors research and eye-opening observations from the world-famous Dutch approach

Award-winning author Bonnie J. Rough never expected to write a book about sex, but life handed her a revelation too vital to ignore. As an American parent grappling with concerns about raising children in a society steeped in stereotypes and sexual shame, she couldn’t quite picture how to teach the facts of life with a fearless, easygoing, positive attitude. Then a job change relocated her family to Amsterdam, where she soon witnessed the relaxed and egalitarian sexual attitudes of the Dutch. There, she discovered, children learn from babyhood that bodies are normal, the world’s best sex ed begins in kindergarten, cooties are a foreign concept, puberty is no big surprise, and questions about sex are welcome at the dinner table.

In Beyond Birds and Bees, Rough reveals how although normalizing human sexuality may sound risky, doing so actually prevents unintended consequences, leads to better health and success for our children, and lays the foundation for a future of gender equality. Exploring how the Dutch example translates to American life, Rough highlights a growing wave of ambitious American parents, educators, and influencers poised to transform sex ed—and our society—for the better, and shows how families everywhere can give a modern lift to the birds and bees.

Down to earth and up to the minute with our profound new cultural conversations about gender, sex, power, autonomy, diversity, and consent, Rough’s careful research and engaging storytelling illuminate a forward path for a groundbreaking generation of Americans who want clear examples and actionable steps for how to support children’s sexual development—and overall wellbeing—from birth onward at home, in schools, and across our evolving culture.
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The Birds and the Bees: How to Answer Questions From Your Child - Teenology 101

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Talking to Kids about the Birds and the Bees

By Lindsay Kneteman Sep 24, Photo: iStockphoto. She told herself that, when it came to teaching her kids about sex, she would be open and honest. Now a mom to a month-old and a two-and-a-half-year-old, King wants to keep that promise. They recommend weaving sex into everyday discussions, layering in more information over time and introducing certain concepts at specific ages.

Give up on the idea of presenting the subject in one big talk -- you'll overwhelm your child with more bewildering and even distasteful information than she can process at once. Instead, think of it as a gentle conversation that will take place over several months or perhaps even years. Keep your explanations as simple and specific to the discussion as you can.
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Over half of parents have not discussed sex with their preteen, according to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Children may begin to ask questions about where babies come from around age five or six. Avoidant children certainly still need the information. Anxious kids also should be reassured that their lack of interest or even disgust is normal but that eventually, they will enjoy this wonderful aspect of special relationships. Teen years: 13 to 18 Open platform Sex is very much on the minds of most teens, says Susan Kuczmarski, Ed. Unfortunately, few adults initiate conversations about sex with their teens.

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