For Adults

Resources you can count on to support you in raising sexually intelligent kids

WEBSITES

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/parents-sex-ed-center-home – An amazing organization.  The mission is to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocacy is rightly in their name – it is largely how they operate.  Your older kids might like it but there are some good materials geared to parents.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org – A great place to visit for so many things like information on birth control, STIs and the location of local clinics in the US.

http://www.cfsh.ca – The Canadian Federation for Sexual Health is the place to find clinics in Canada and can provide solid resources on birth control, STIs, abortion, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.  The CFSH also engages in advocacy work, public awareness and policy.

http://www.sexualityandu.ca/parents – The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada runs this site with the goal of providing accurate, credible and up-to-date information and education on sexual health.  The whole site is good though this link will talk you to their resources for parents.

http://fosteringmediaconnections.org/lets-talk-about-sex-with-foster-youth/ 3 video segments about talking to kids in foster care. Why We Need the Talk, The Sex Talk, and The Talk in Action are US based resources exploring the issues of sex education for these higher-risk youth.  The stats may not representative of Canadian foster kids but the trends are relevant nonetheless.

BOOKS

The New Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know and When They Need to Know ItMeg Hickling
This is a go-to book.  Meg was a nurse (she’s retired now) and looks like a grandma.  She’s a bit old school but solid in her shame-free approach to talking to kids about sex.

The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex: The Most Complete Sex Manual Ever WrittenCathy Winks & Anne Semans
Inclusive and informative.  Not about teaching your kids but they will benefit from you reading it and having it on a book shelf.

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live With Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness – Miriam Kaufman is the author of this comprehensive guide about sex and people living with disabilities, chronic pain and illness.  If you have a kid with a disability, get this book. Eventually you’ll be able to pass it along to them.