Talking to 5 to 8-year-olds about sex

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Talking to 5 to 8-year-olds about sex

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When it comes time to talk to your 5-8 year old about the birds and the bees, you need to consider a couple of things. First of all, when kids are between age of 5-7, they are really open to the information. You could just get a great book for them, like "It's so Amazing," by Robie Harris, and make it a regular nightly reading. Read to them about how the whole thing works. They are very curious about this at this age. Kids that are 7-8 are beginning to have this natural discomfort and modesty around sexual issues. It's cool to acknowledge that, and just say, "Hey, we need to talk about this. It's really important." Be open and casual and friendly and fun; and get a book. A book is your best friend when it comes to talking to kids about sex.

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Amy Lang, MA

Sex Education Expert

Despite her 16 years of experience as a sexual health educator, Amy Lang found herself completely tongue-tied when her four year old son had "something very important" to tell her about his penis. Shocked by her discomfort, she realized if she was struggling, other parents must be too. Amy also holds an MA in Applied Behavioral Science and her focus was in adult education and group facilitation. She decided to combine her love of sex talking and her love of working with adults and started Birds + Bees + Kids in 2006.

Amy is a three time Mom’s Choice Award winner for her book, Birds + Bees + YOUR Kids - A Guide To Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love and Relationships and DVD, Birds + Bees + Kids - The Basics. She is also the author of the book, Say What?! The Birds + Bees for Progressive Parents - What to Say and How to Say It!

She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Magazine, Parent Map magazine and has contributed to a gazillion other publications. Sex advice guru Dan Savage says “Amy is a parent’s best friend-with-benefits when it comes to talking to kids about sex.” 

Though Birds + Bees + Kids, Amy helps parents of all beliefs have easy, open and effective conversations about sexuality, love and relationships with their kids. She offers talks, workshops, one-on-one consultations and live webcasts. Amy is also the co-founder of MamaCON - Inspiration and Tools for Modern Moms, a conference supporting the hard work of moms everywhere.

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