August 13, 2013
An article was published recently on Offbeat Families: redefining families daily titled,
“5 tips for talking to young children about sex, body exploration, and avoiding shame”
In it guest author, Catherine from playboymommy.com, discusses her experience with adult, role-model figures that hide the truths about sex and bodies from children in fear that they are not old enough to understand. The author discusses how as parents, one must be aware of this and teach your children because you are your child’s most reliable source of information .
Catherine believes in”empowering for kids to know about their bodies — real, accurate information delivered in small doses adding layer upon layer of detail as their questions prompt further answers.”
she splits up the article in 5 parts:
- Make sure you know what your kid is really asking
- Teach your kids about their bodies
- Find books that can help
- Don’t shame your child’s exploration
- Remember families are different for everyone
In response to #3, one of our latest imprints, What Makes a Baby, by Cory Silverberg does a wonderful job of telling kids where babies come from, and discussing the truth about how a baby is made.
What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and
every kind of kid. It is a 21st century children’s picture book about where babies come from that reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, however they came to be.
Geared to readers from pre-school to 8 years old, it teaches curious kids about conception, gestation, and birth in a way that works regardless of whether or not the kid in question was adopted, conceived using reproductive technologies, at home or in a clinic, through surrogacy, or the old fashioned way, and regardless of how many people were involved, their orientation, gender and other identity, or family composition. Just as important, the story doesn’t gender people or body parts, so most parents and families will find that it leaves room for them to educate their child without having to erase their own experience.