Monday, February 16, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Teaching Children about Sex using the Temple as Your Guide by Cherri Brooks

Teaching Children About Sex blog tour


ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s time for the talk. Teach your children the truth about sexual intimacy in a world of shifting values and ideas. With expert advice and age-appropriate wording, you learn how to use the temple as a beautiful analogy to discuss with your kids the sacred subject of sex. Timely and clear, this book is a must-read for parents, teachers, and leaders.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cherri H. Brooks grew up in Centerville, Utah and attended Utah State University where she earned her M.S. in Family and Human Development. She is the author of the LDS Living Magazine article, “Talking to Kids about Sex.” Her blog is www.timelesstemples.blogspot.com. She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her husband and three children.

REVIEW

When I first heard about this book, I was immediately intrigued.  While I am not a parent this is a topic that has long concerned me, especially with the way the world perceives sexuality.  Brooks has done a superb job here explaining why teaching children about sex is so vitally important as well as great advice on how and when to do it.  The first part of the book looks at why it needs to be done and the importance of reacting appropriately to child questions.  She encourages honesty and calm explanations as the best way to address the topic.

I especially liked how she compared teaching children about sexual intimacy to preparation for attending the temple.  She encourages the use of positive terminology rather than portraying sex as dirty and bad.  Referring to sex as something to be experienced later within the commitment of marriage just as one teaches children to prepare for attending the temple later.

Since the home is the best place to institute moral values it becomes very important to teach children about sexual intimacy deliberately and carefully rather than letting children pick things up from the world around them.  The second part of the book looks at various issues and ways to teach children at different age levels.  I especially appreciated the ideas shared here because the author does such a great job of suggesting what can be said and how.  The general parenting advice included throughout the book is also spot on and a great reminder of how a good example can be the most effective teaching tool of all.  I highly recommend this book for parents or those who are concerned about helping children develop an appreciation for the importance of sex within the bounds of a healthy marriage.

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