Books and Websites
Web Sites:

Advocates for Youth offers advice for parents, children and for education K-12.

Dr. Sharon Maxwell's work is referenced and a building block of our K-12 curriculum.

The Mayo Clinic is a medically based source that spans the K-6 age range.

Planned Parenthood has a wide variety of resources for every age.


It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley
Now offering a brand-new chapter focusing on safe Internet use — one of parents’ key concerns — this universally acclaimed classic by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley is a cutting-edge resource for kids, parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone else who cares about the well-being of tweens and teens. Providing accurate and up-to-date answers to nearly every imaginable question, from conception and puberty to birth control and AIDS, IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL offers young people the information they need — now more than ever — to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.

Talking to Your Kids About Sex: turning "the talk" into a conversation for life, Dr. Laura Berman.
Dr. Berman offers an elegantly laid-out essential guide for when and what to teach your kids about sex. -Dr. Mehmet Oz

The New Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know and When They Need to Know It, Meg Hickling R.N.
Her vision and influence have earned her The Canadian Home and School Federations Health Award, The YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Health Education, The RNABC Award of Excellence, The Distinguished Service to Families Award, and most notably, The Order of British Columbia and The Order of Canada.

The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from You About Sex, Sharon Maxwell, Ph.D.
“This is an excellent book for parents on how to talk to their children about sex. Dr. Maxwell gives practical guidance on sharing values with their children. Her focus on teaching self-discipline and developing self-control is a refreshing counterpoint to a pop culture that says we should have it all right now. I highly recommend The Talk to every parent.”
—Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Media Center of the Judge Baker Children's Center

My Teen Has Had Sex, Now What Do I Do?: How to Help Teens Make Safe, Sensible, Self-Reliant Choices When They've Already Said "Yes", Maureen Lyon Ph.D. and Christina Breda Antoniades
My Teen Has Had Sex, Now What Do I Do? gives parents unvarnished advice on how to deal with the myriad of parenting issues and concerns having a sexually active teen entails, including health risks such as STD’s and pregnancy, disciplinary and boundary issues, heightened emotional vulnerability, and sexual peer pressure.  Sample dialogues and scenarios help parents deal with common situations such as setting boundaries around sexual activity in the house, what to do if your child’s partner is of legal age, and what your (and your child’s) legal rights are around getting birth control and medical information.  Parents also get advice on what signs to look for and what actions to take if their child is engaging in risky sexual behavior, including multiple partners or submitting to sexual pressure from peers or online.  Most importantly, parents learn how to coach their children to be responsible, savvy, and accountable for their sexual decisions.

S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College, Heather Corinna
"S.E.X. is a positive and informative all-embracing guide to sexuality by a dedicated author. Corinna challenges adolescents and young adults alike to be proactive in owning their sexuality by being true to themselves, all the while laying the foundation of knowledge and acceptance--key factors for the development of a healthy sexuality." -- Dr. Lynn Ponton, author of The Sex Lives of Teenagers: Revealing the Secret World of Adolescent Boys and Girls

The Real Truth About Teens and Sex: From Hooking Up to Friends with Benefits--What Teens Are Thinking, Doing, and Talking About, and How to Help Them Make Smart Choices, Sabrina Weill
A top editor at major teen magazines for more than a decade, Sabrina Weill has earned the trust of teens nationwide. Through thousands of letters, e-mails, and interviews, and now in an exclusive nationwide survey, teens have revealed to her their questions, fears, and concerns about what really goes on at parties, at school, before parents get home from work, online, and elsewhere. Here, Weill reveals what teens have told her-and offers parents and others insights into how to communicate with young people so they'll listen, open up, and think before they act.

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