I got little to no sex talk from my parents.
No blame, but it just didn't happen.
And with all of the discussion about banning books, LGBTQ+ rights, and now the school districts declining sex education to students, I feel like it is time for me to share some books you can have in the home to help teach body positivity, consent, the basic understanding of baby making. Click the images to be redirected to purchase the books!
Plus, at the end of this article, there is an adapted sex education resource that I used in my own 7th grade classroom and it is PHENOMENAL! My friend created it and has it up for free for YOU!
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Here are my top 5 favorite books for sex education. My children are 2 years old and 6 months old and these are always being read. Children notice their bodies very early on. Don't stray away from this topic. It might make you uncomfortable, but let's not make their bodies uncomfortable for them!
Bodies are Cool by Tyler Feder
Looking for a book that is inclusive with body types, abilities, and cultures? This is one of them. This book is all about how amazing our bodies are and illustrates such a variety of representation. There is even a page that has a person with a guide dog and I got to teach my child how some dogs we can't pet because they are working. Yes, have these conversations now!
2. The Bare Naked Book by Kathy Stinson and Melissa Cho
This book has nudity of people all different shapes and sizes. There is LGBTQ+ representation, disability representation, and cultural representation. Every person who reads this book at our house has a moment of "oh wow, I wasn't expecting that." Let's normalize our bodies and be grateful for what they are capable of doing.
3. What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg
What I love about this book is that gender is NO WHERE to be found. AND I LOVE IT!!! This book explains baby making so simply. If you don't know how to talk about baby making to your children, please get this book.
4. Yes! No! By megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, and Isabel Roxas
This book is amazing for children and parents and grandparents to learn about consent. Consent isn't always Yes and No. This book can also help you with the appropriate language on how to discuss consent with your children and family and strangers which I love.
5. Pronoun Book By Chris Ayala-Kronos and Melita Tirado
A very simple board book about pronouns. Each page has about 1 word, "he, her, they" but the illustrations are beautiful. A great book to have the conversation about different identities people have. I have people ask me all the time what to say if their child asks if someone is a boy or girl and for those people, get this book. It doesn't matter how people identity, it matters that you respect them.
Lastly, here is the free resource I promised you before!
This free resource is an adapted sex education curriculum for 6th-12th grade that is already taught in schools. I used this in my 7th grade classroom and it was great. I did make some of my own worksheets discussing private and public places and what we can do in those place, but this resource will spark so many ideas for you if you need more lessons.
Bottom line, sex education is so important for children. And those early years, it is important to call body parts their actual name, that when a child says "no" it means no (or any other way they are saying no), and no lies on how babies are made (the stork is done!). You can make the change!!
Inclusion starts with you and I just want to help
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