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Talking Sex to the Kids

How to tell your children about sex
Narramore
1958

In another throwback to the 50s, we have a book about talking to your kids about sex, aimed at Christian parents. It’s not the worst I’ve seen, but is seriously dated. The general advice is pretty sound: answer questions as they come up and don’t get fearful or defensive. This is probably pretty good advice for any question kids have.

Naturally, there is emphasis in staying within strict guidelines of acceptable behavior. Modesty, particularly for the girls, should be emphasized early and often. I can’t imagine too many modern parents getting upset at kids for pretty normal stuff like shedding clothes, discussion of genitalia, and toilet habits. If this guy ever showed up at my story time, he would see the occasional disrobing, kids showing me “big kid” underwear and lots of unladylike behavior. No big deal. It’s what toddlers and preschoolers do.

I would weed it in a heartbeat at my library, however it might have value in a university archive or library.  In the meantime, I thought this book was an interesting throwback to olden times. Read it for laughs and or for historical jollies, not for information.

Mary

More Sex Education Books:

Taking all the fun out of sex

Enemies of Marriage

Sex Ed, Marine Style

5 Responses to Talking Sex to the Kids

  • Lots of boys still need to learn to keep their pants up and keep them fastened.

  • The book seems to have been written before the phrase “child molester” was coined, since the author uses the term “sex fiend” on page 96.

  • Oh, boy. How do you tell your kids that their naked bodies are nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about when North American culture always sees it as being always sexual or “dirty”? I read how tourists in Africa are often shocked by the ways children, especially girls, are so skimpily dressed. But in a searing hot African climate it makes sense, and in Japan nudity is a symbol of purity.

    • But, I remember as a young girl — I was 7 or younger because I remember where we were living at the time — I suddenly had to wear a shirt in the hot summer days running around the yard, while my brother did not. Our chests were pretty much identical and it didn’t make any sense to me Still doesn’t…