Talking to kids about sex and reproduction can be scary. So here are our favorite resources for getting the conversation going. Thanks to Amanda from episode #50 and Lisa from episode #134 for their contributions!
Here are some great age-appropriate books and websites to share with your kids when they start asking you questions. Or even before they start asking.
Ages 4-8. It’s Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberly
Ages 7-9. It’s So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberly
Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU by Cory Silverberg; illustrated by Fiona Smyth
Ages 9-12. Asking about Sex and Growing Up: A Question-and-Answer Book for Kids by Joanna Cole; illustrated by Bill Thomas
Ages 10-14. It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health Robie Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberly
Ages 12 and up. Sex, Puberty, and All That Stuff: A Guide to Growing Up by Jacqui Bailey; illustrated by Jan McCafferty
Ages 14 and up. 100 Questions You’d Never Ask Your Parents: Straight Answers to Teens’ Questions About Sex, Sexuality, and Health by Elisabeth Henderson and Nancy Armstrong
Girl: Love, Sex, Romance, And Being You by Karen Rayne, Ramsey Beyer and Nyk Rayne
SexETC has sex and sexuality info by teens, and for teens
Scarleteen breaks sex ed down by topic and offers chances to chat with experts
AMAZE is a site with awesome animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships. (This site is great for younger kids, too). Here’s one of their videos:
If you want to arm yourself with some answers for those inevitable questions—or just have a better understanding of what’s going on with your child’s sexual development at every age—check out these resources:
Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know about Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens by Justin Richardson and Mark A. Schuster
Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent’s Guide to Talking Sense About Sex by Deborah Roffman
The Advocates for Youth parents resource page prepares you with advice from educators and experts
AMAZE for Parents. For you to follow along with your kids!
We also just love this animated video about the clitoris. Cute, but obviously, NSFW.
Leave YOUR favorite resources in the comments!