“Sex + Faith” by Kate Ott

Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to AdolescenceSex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence by Kate Ott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christians have it hard when it comes to talking about sex. Frankly, the stork story just isn’t cutting it anymore. The sex talk usually comes up about the time that the child stops believing in Santa, and well…back then children may have been more easily deceived, but with the advances in technology and Google being just a slogan away…the stork is easily checked on Snopes before a parent can finish.

So, how to address it then? After all, my two year old is already well-versed on navigating an iPod to find his favorite movie or Angry Birds game. My five year old believes he already know what sex is. Yikes! How do I answer any questions that may arise? Better yet, how can I educate them to give them the right answer before they get it from television, movies, or a friend at school? That is where this book comes in handy…

Ott introduces her book in parts. The first part is the big picture of it all. Addressing common myths, the parent’s role, the faith connection, what sexuality education is, and what has changed since being a kid are covered here. It even helps lead in to part two, the ages and stages section. In this part, the answers and scenarios are broken down by age group, being 0-5 (both my boys at the time of this review), 6-10, 11-13, and 14-18. Thus, this two-testament book helps prepare a parent for the conversation and then guides them through it. I have to admit, this is much more reassuring than the Kia commercial where babies come from a special planet…

This book is written with the intent on being a reference book for times to come. Parents are encouraged to read and study through it, being faced with “mini quizzes” and “highlights” to remember. Very much like an academic textbook, the book surveys the different issues at each age group, not only with approach and questions, but also with development challenges the child will be facing. The book is designed to not be a one time read, but rather stay on the shelf and used frequently during the course of a child’s maturation.

In review of this book, I feel that it is a necessary read for faith-based parents (and non-faith parents as well), particularly because sexuality is such an awkward topic in the church but needs to be addressed. As Ott points out, children are given too little information too late in life, and that needs to be corrected.

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