Advice from Parenting Experts
Initiating conversations about the facts of life may be difficult for some parents because they did not grow up in an environment where the subject was discussed.
Some parents may be afraid they do not know the right answers or feel confused about the proper amount of information to offer.
Visit the links below to get advice from the experts on talking to your kids about development, sex, and sexuality.
What do I need to know before I talk with my teen?
- Growth and Development
- The Changing Adolescent Brain By Sarah K. Ramowski and Robert J. Nystrom
- Parents and Their Children's Learning about Sexuality By Dr. Michael A. Carrera, The Children's Aid Society
- Ten Tips for Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image
By Maureen Kelly, Director of Education & Training, Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County
Getting started, taking on tough conversations.
- Why Sex Education Also Belongs in the Home
By Sol Gordon, PhD
- Talking to Your Kids About, ahem, You Know What (S.E.X)
By Melissa Havard, M.A
- What to Do When They Just Won't Talk!
By Maggi Ruth P. Boyer, M.Ed., A.C.S.E., Consultant
- When Kids Ask Tough Questions about Sex By Jerald Newberry, Executive Director, National Education Association Health Information Network
- Talking With Kids Openly and Honestly About Sexuality By Michael McGee, C.S.T., Vice President of Education and Social Marketing, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
- Can We Talk about Abstinence and Contraception OR Is It a Mixed Message? By Konstance McCaffree, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Center for Education, Sexuality Education Coordinator, Human Sexuality Program, Widener University
- Parents and Teens Talking Together About Contraception By Barbara Huberman, RN, BSN, MEd, Director of Education and Outreach, Advocates for Youth
- Using TV as an Ally in Sexuality Education By Elizabeth Schroeder, MSW, Professional Trainer/Consultant
- It's Perfectly Normal In The Age Of The Internet By Robie H. Harris, Children’s Book Author
- A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety: Sexuality and the Internet By Barbara Huberman, RN, BSN, MEd, Director of Education and Outreach, Advocates for Youth
- Human Sexuality Education for Students with Special Needs By Liz Sweeney, Special Needs Educator
- Ten Tips for Talking about Sexuality with Your Child Who Has Developmental Disabilities By Lisa Maurer, MS, CFLE, ACSE