The sex conversations are too important to pass off to someone else! I share HERE on how to have a conversations with your preschooler about their sexuality. Let’s take the opportunity to establish ourselves as the primary source of information about sex. Let’s take the challenge and open up healthy and age appropriate conversations with our kids about sex.
Sex is something beautiful, amazing, physical, emotional and spiritual and I want my kids to know this! I want them to hear this from us! I want them to know they can come to talk to us about anything, ANYTHING including sex.
I love children’s books! I use them a lot outside of just reading my kids a story. I love to especially use them when I want to get a point across to my boys about a particular subject.
The following are books I used to have various conversations with my preschooler-tween and also some that I didn’t use but after reading the reviews I felt comfortable enough to recommend them. I don’t try to make our sexuality conversations an event (other than the 8-9yr old talk) the rest of the conversations just happen as we do life together: out walking, at bedtime, in the car, when we sit down and read. Sometimes I read the book to all three of my boys and then if it’s a book that I want one-on-one time with them to get more feedback then I go back and read it to them individually. I highly recommend you sit down and read it with your child and not just hand them a book and say, “Let me know if you have any questions.”
Books To Help You Talk to Young Kids About Sex
Note there are lots of books out there that you can use to help your child learn about their sexuality but these are the ones that I feel comfortable using with my children. Some may have too much information for you, others may not have enough. What I do when it has too much information, I just use it as a teaching tool and only share the section of the book to get my point across. Other times I just summarize a page or two but continue reading the whole book. When it has too little information or not enough of our values or beliefs then I just sprinkle in our values and beliefs into the story as I read to them.
The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell –
One of the things I start off doing with my littles is I started talking to them about how awesome our body is. How God created us with amazing bodies. One book that I love that works for kids of all ages is — The Busy Body Book. The book says it’s “A Kid’s Guide to Fitness” but don’t let that keep you from buying it because it’s so much more then that. I read it to my son when he was 4 years old and I thought it might be over his head but they had tons of great pictures and explanations that kept us all in awe of what our body can do. You can find it here.
Amazing You! by Dr. Gail Saltz –Teach them about privacy and what parts of their body are private is another must have conversation. It can also go in conjunction with the book below on how girls and boys bodies are different. Our children are naturally curious so they may want to see what some one else body looks like. It’s important that our kids know what parts of our bodies are private to protect them.
Who Has What? Robin H. Harris – Another great conversation to begin with is about how are bodies are different as girls and boys. This book is great for preschoolers who are becoming aware of their bodies and are curious. These kinds of books will also help you introduce the correct names for their genitals if you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend you do.
I said No! by Kimberly King – Is a great book that I love using with my kids. This is one of the books that I read to all of them together but then read to them individually because I wanted them to feel free to share any questions or comments they may have. This books helps kids better understand situations that might be confusing or dangerous. “Using a simple, direct, decidedly non-icky approach that doesn’t dumb down the issues involved, as well as an easy-to-use system to help kids rehearse and remember appropriate responses to help keep them safe, I Said No! covers a variety of topics, including: What s appropriate and with whom. How to deal with inappropriate behavior, bribes and threats. ” ~via Amazon
The Story of Me by Stan and Brenna Jones – Another conversation that you’ll want to have is–How Babies Are Made?” It’s up to you how in-depth you’ll want to go with this. You may just want to keep it simple and say, “Daddy planted a seed in Mommy and it grew in my tummy.” Or you may want to explore it a bit further but without the full fledge conversation of the mechanics– “A man and a woman make a baby and it grows in the women’s uterus.” This book is faith based and has age appropriate terminology for kids between the ages of 3-5.
Before You Were Born by Jennifer Davis – I have not read this one but I like the reviews on it and how it goes through the development of a baby. This type of book is the first one I used with my boys when they asked me where babies come from when I was pregnant. They were amazed and loved it. The book I used with them, I can’t find so I’m sharing this one. ” Each page shows what’s happening to the mother on the outside and then, under the flap, in the mother’s belly to the baby on the inside. Children learn how Mommy is feeling and how the baby is developing, about hiccups, kicks, and umbilical cords, a first heartbeat, and the contractions that mark the beginning of labor.~ via Amazon
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept by Jayneen Sanders– Another topic that is important to discuss with our kids when talking about our sexuality and that is safe touch and unsafe touch. This is not to only to prepare them from unwanted situations but to guide your child as they are learning themselves their own boundaries on what is appropriate and inappropriate.
My Body Belongs to Me by proFamilia – Another good book to help you discuss “My Body Belongs to Me! an educational tool to help instill confidence in children when it comes to their bodies. The narrative of the story is led by a girl named Clara, who encourages kids to say “no” if they are uncomfortable with physical contact.” via Amazon
I share HERE our high-five plan it’s a simple way to help your children establish boundaries when they are around adults or others they may know but they don’t want to be touched even if it’s in a safe way.
Some Parts are Not for Sharing by Julie K. Federico–This is the same type of book as shared above on boundaries but using fish illustrations to help you discuss the topic.
It’s Not the Stork! by Robie H. Harris – This book has more in depth information and if your child is not ready for all of it then you can choose summarize and skip over a page or two.
Good Pictures and Bad Pictures by Kristen A. Jenson – Another conversation that I highly recommend parents having with their young kids. It’s important that we give them the tools at a young age if they were to come across bad pictures. I share HERE more about how to have this conversation with your preschooler and HERE with your elementary-highschool age child.
30 Days of Sex Talks – Is a great resource for parents to help you dive in and have these talks with your kids. They even have questions to help prompt your conversations. ~via Amazon
God Made all of Me by Justin & Lindsey Holcomb – This book is great to help you discuss how God made all things including our bodies. It also discusses safe and unsafe touch.