“Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex” by Josh and Dottie McDowell

How hard could it be to talk to your kids about sex?

This book discusses not just how hard it is, but also how to talk to your kids about sex. What is sex? What does HaShem think of it compared to our culture? How does this apply today, to us? These are questions that the McDowells answer, teaching the value of marital sex and its context inside the marriage relationship. They also give tips for the conversation, hopefully to ease the awkwardness that may ensue, or even directly answer and address valid concerns your children may have.

The book also talks about what to expect. Who is the greatest influence on our youth today? Why should parents take the step in talking to their kids about sex? When is the appropriate time to have this conversation? How can I, as a parent, appropriately influence and monitor the lives of my children?

This book is not intended to alarm parents and scare them straight, but rather to appropriately educate them on the modern world of immoral sex. While parents can be extremely protective and insulate their children from secular schooling and non-supervised time, it does not eliminate what technology has accomplished – a world based off social media interaction. And these sites aren’t Christian, but rather secular in nature, allowing anyone of any belief to impact others. The tool that lets people share their faith can also teach a kid corruption.

The truth, though, is that it’s not about Twitter or Facebook. It’s about the parents. While media influences our youth, we have dropped the ball as the greatest influencer, and the studies have shown that we still influence. But if we aren’t actively influencing, then what is the message we are sending? While filters and software to monitor are great choices for parents to utilize, in the end, the throne of responsibility still falls upon mom and dad. And it’s up to these two leaders of the family to set the bar, and be an interactive and “ask-able” parent.

So how to do this? That’s what this book is all about. And their writing style is great for parents to follow along with. Frank and simple, each issue is addressed at the right time, and maturely so. This book isn’t a pick and choose, or skipping, book. It’s a beginning to end, prerequisite for parenting, book. So get on it…Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.