Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Teaching Children About Sex by Cherri Brooks

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Teaching Children About Sex: Using the Temple as Your Guide, by Cherri Brooks
2015, 224p, Non-fiction
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

It’s time for the talk. Teach your children the truth about sexual intimacy in a world of shifting values and ideas. With expert advice and age-appropriate wording, you learn how to use the temple as a beautiful analogy to discuss with your kids the sacred subject of sex. Timely and clear, this book is a must-read for parents, teachers, and leaders.

I have already had "the talk" with my children. I should say, the initial talk, because this is a topic that we have talked about more than once. My parents wouldn't discuss sex, so I learned about it from friends and other family members. I didn't want my children to go through that, knowing first-hand how scary it can be. 

The author starts with building a foundation and preparing yourself to teach and discuss topics that might be uncomfortable. It's important to come up with a plan, communicate effectively and find ways to repeat information.

There are sections on topics to discuss or consider at each age, beginning when children are young. It starts with curious learners (ages 0-5), then progresses to concrete learners (ages 6-8 and 9-11) and finally conduct learners (ages 12+ and Premarital). Each section has a chapter with questions, answers and ideas. This is a good guide to help answer some of the difficult or uncomfortable questions and then there are ideas for conversation starters. The final section deals with special topics.

The biggest thing I have learned as I've talked with my children is to handle their questions without freaking out. There's a lot out there that they are exposed to and I want to help them understand the importance and sacredness of sex. This book helped me feel more confident in the areas where I feel like I'm on the right path and gave me great suggestions on ways I can improve. I have also treated it as a topic to discuss with my kids as they got older and like the ideas to help build a foundation with younger children so it becomes more natural as they get older.

If you're nervous about "the talk" and want to know how you can start now to help your children understand this topic, this book is a great resource!

About the author:

Cherri H. Brooks grew up in Centerville, Utah and attended Utah State University where she earned her M.S. in Family and Human Development. She is the author of the LDS Living Magazine article, “Talking to Kids about Sex.” Her blog is She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her husband and three children.


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