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Sex And Sensibility by Deborah M. Roffman
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Jan 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: parenting
Recommended for: people who think they know all about sexuality and those that know they don't

Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent’s Guide to Talking Sense About Sex
Deborah M. Roffman

A book for adults and parents who need to know how to talk to children at various ages about sexuality: what is it, how do we teach it now, how should we teach it, why isn’t it the way it should be, how to get us from our current place to the place we should be

Here are the chapter headings of the book.

1. Starting over: we can’t get there from here
2. Age appropriateness: too much, too little, or just right?
3. What is sex, really?
4. Values: becoming your child’s cultural interpreter
5. Sexuality: more who we are than what we do
6. Genders: girls aren’t from venus, boys aren’t from mars
7. Partnership: families and schools working together
8. Sexual health: five universal needs along the way
9. Affirmation: seeing and hearing children the way they are
10. Information giving: empowering children through knowledge
11. Values clarification: highlighting “right” thinking
12. Limit setting: keeping our children safe and healthy
13. Anticipatory guidance: making ourselves dispensable
14. Sexual orientation: why and how it’s everyone’s business

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Reading Progress

January 2, 2011 – Started Reading
January 2, 2011 – Shelved
January 13, 2011 –
page 1
0.28% "Preparing for those sex conversations with an 8 year old."
January 25, 2011 –
page 33
January 30, 2011 –
page 146
41.48% "The perception that sexuality education is simply too controversial for schools to handle has obscured an important truth: In reality, parents are hardly ever opposed or even mildly resistant to school-based sexuality education. This sweeping parental support should not really surprise, since national polls have confirmed year after year ... that the vast majority of adults favor sexuality education in schools."
February 5, 2011 – Shelved as: parenting
February 5, 2011 – Finished Reading

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