5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know about their Kids and Sex by Anne Marie Miller Review

5

Goodreads Synopsis: Real Help for the Toughest Talks
Most parents dread talking about sex with their children. Anne Marie Miller loves giving “the talk.” As she has shared her personal story and talked about God’s gift of sex with almost half a million young people, she’s noticed some disturbing patterns:
– Google is how kids learn about sex
– Kids are learning about sex and viewing pornography earlier than parents think
– The sexually abused often don’t tell anyone for fear of getting in trouble
– Sexual messages are being consumed daily through mainstream and social media
– Most parents think their child is the exception
Instead of sweeping this topic under the rug, Miller wants to change the narrative. In this immensely practical and well-researched book, she equips parents to have meaningful and age-appropriate conversations with their children about sex, pornography, and sexual abuse. She advises parents on how to keep the lines of communication open so that their children know they can trust them with their fears, struggles, and mistakes. Most important, she offers hope to worried parents that their children can grow up with a healthy biblical view of sex as a gift from God.

My Thoughts: As a mother of a 10 year old and a teenager, this book terrified me. Children and teens in this point of history have much easier access to inappropriate things than ever before. This book covers social media, pornography, human trafficking, and many other things that make me want to move to a private island with my family.

Although scary, this book is very straightforward and provides a plethora of information on how to talk to kids of all ages about sex. It is written by a Christian author and provides some guidelines to follow to explain it from a Biblical perspective.

After reading this, I had a “talk” with my 10 year old about where babies come from…I had thought that this was too young of an age to talk about it but as the book explains, kids at this age will probably hear about it soon if not already, and I would rather be the one to share the information than it be a kid on the school bus.

There is a very handy reference guide at the end of the book that explains tons of social media apps and the potential dangers for each one. I was astounded by all of them and hadn’t heard of many of them.

This is a great resource for parents to  access when faced with the problem of what to say and when.

My Rating: 4 stars

I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review.

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