Teaching Our Children about Sex, Love and Equality: A Conversation about Sex Education with Author Bonnie Rough

book image for sex education ME guest, Bonnie RoughMany of us parents cringe at the thought of having “the talk” with our young adolescent kids. But the whole notion of having a single sex education session on the so-called birds and bees, let alone waiting until your child is an adolescent, ought to be thrown out entirely!

 

Author Bonnie Rough discovered some surprising lessons about this while living in the Netherlands when her children were very young. That experience led her to several years of research for her latest book, Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love and Equality.

 

Bonnie joins Marti & Erin for a thought-provoking discussion in this week’s Mom Enough episode. All three agree that teaching our children about sex begins when they are infants, in the verbal and nonverbal messages we give them about their bodies. Sex education continues as we teach young children the importance of consent and respect for their own bodies and others’. Ultimately, sex education is about much more than sex; it is about healthy relationships, grounded in love, respect and equality.

 

What messages did your parents give you about your body and sex? How did they connect those concepts to larger ideas about gender roles and relationships? In what ways do you want to do things the same or differently with your children?

 

For the National Sexuality Education Standards, click here.

For Bonnie’s article on teaching young children about boundaries and consent, click here.

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