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Bibliography - Books for Parents

Beyond the Big Talk: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens

Debra Haffner, M.P.H.

2008; Newmarket Press

This book helps parents and caregivers address sexuality issues with their adolescents.  It provides specific information for each age group: middle school (grades seven and eight), early high school (grades nine and 10), late high school (grades 11 and 12) and beyond (ages 19 and up).


But How’d I Get In There In The First Place?: Talking To Your Child About Sex

Deborah Roffman

2000;  Perseus Publishing

This book, written for parents and caregivers of children three to six years old, is intended to help parents begin talking about sexuality, conception, and birth. The author’s believes that the key to talking with children about sexuality is knowing that their questions fall into three easily recognizable categories.


Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to Teens

Justin Richardson, M.D. and Mark A. Schuster, M.D., Ph.D.

2003; Crown Publishers

This book is written for parents and caregivers of children of all ages and covers childhood sexual development in stages, introducing issues for each and how to discuss them. The authors accommodate variations in values, from "teen sex is fine" to "save it for marriage," and support their advice with scholarly research and stories from real parents about what worked—and didn’t—with their kids.


From Diapers to Dating: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children

Debra W. Haffner, M.P.H.    

1999; Newmarket Press

This book is filled with practical advice and guidelines to help parents and caregivers feel more comfortable talking to children and early adolescents about sexuality issues. Incorporating value exercises, it encourages parents to examine their own sexual values so that they can share these messages with their children.


Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent’s Guide to Talking Sense about Sex

Deborah Roffman

2001; Perseus Publishing

This book is designed to help parents and caregivers open the lines of communication about sexuality with their children and interpret and respond to virtually any question a child might pose and any situation that may arise.


Sexuality: Your Sons and Daughters With Intellectual Disabilities

Karin Melberg Schwier and Dave Hingsburger

2000; Brookes Publishing

This book provides information, advice, and practical strategies to parents and caregivers on interacting with their children—no matter what their age or ability—in a way that increases their self esteem, encourages appropriate behavior, empowers them to recognize and respond to abuse, and enables them to develop lifelong relationships.


Ten Talks Parents Must Have With Their Children About Sex and Character

Pepper Schwarz, Ph.D. and Dominic Cappello

2000; Hyperion

This book was written for parents and caregivers of children in grades 4 through 12 to help them talk about sexuality and building character.  Topics include safety, character, peer pressure, ethics, the Internet, and the media.


Third Base Ain’t What It Used to Be: What Your Kids are Learning about Sex Today—and How to Teach Them to Be Sexually Healthy Adults

Logan Levkoff, M.S.

2007; New American Library

In a straightforward style, this book offers advice for parents and caregivers who are struggling to answer their kids’ questions about sexuality, or just trying to bring up the topic in the first place.  The author offers guidance on discussing everything from gender issues, body image, and sexual orientation, to AIDS and abortion.


Understanding Your Child’s Sexual Behavior: What’s Natural and Healthy

Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D.

1999; New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

This book addresses healthy and unhealthy sexual behaviors of children and adolescents from birth to 12 years of age.  It provides parents, caregivers, and professionals with information to help identify, understand, and respond appropriately to these behaviors.


What Every 21st Century Parent Needs to Know: Facing Today’s Challenges with Wisdom and Heart

Debra W. Haffner

2008; Newmarket Press

This book was written to debunk the myths, validate the concerns, and advise parents on how to keep their children safe and healthy in a world so different from the one in which they grew up.  The author addresses the good and bad news about 21st-century parents' concerns including stress, self-esteem, drinking, achievement, drugs, Internet safety, cell phones, Facebook, depression, sports, nutrition, bullying, faith, abstinence, and sex. 

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