As many of you know, I’m a big proponent of sex-positive child rearing (Thanks Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell for teaching me those words!) I think it’s important that we communicate about sexuality, puberty, gender identity, etc. as early and often as our kids can handle it! We started communicating on the topic very early with my son and he’s always been super blase about it for just that reason. He doesn’t see anything unusual or disgusting about reproduction, etc. because he’s pretty much always known about it!
Now, I didn’t have these conversations all on my own. I know it’s hard to figure out what’s important and appropriate at a particular age for a child, so I used several books (presented in this list) to help me out! They are all great titles but, I’ll admit, pretty progressive. None of them prescribe moral values to sexuality but most of them introduce all of the relevant topics and leave room for families to discuss together how they feel about them.
If you’re looking for vague, fluffy titles that will allow you to talk about the stork and ‘special hugs’ between Mommy and Daddy, these aren’t the books for you. But if you are seeking some assistance in helping your child understand the truth about ALL of the topics related to human sexuality, there’s a arsenal of good help right in this list!
How did you broach this topic with your child? Did you use any books to help you? What were they? Do you recommend them? I’d love to know in the comments below!