Words Can Work: When Talking With Kids About Sexual Health
"A great resource that beautifully combines conversations with youngsters, relevant information and commentary. This book will help parents and all who work with young people negotiate the challenge of talking to children about sexuality and their emergence into adulthood." William R. Beardslee, MD Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Children's Hospital Boston Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"Sexuality educators are always looking for materials we can use with a variety of age groups and populations. This 'Words Can Work' book provides messages that will resonate with everyone, regardless of a person’s knowledge or comfort level about sexuality. Any educator who works with parents or caregivers should have this resource on their bookshelf. Keep it within easy reach; you'll use it often!"
Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW, Executive Director, Answer (http://answer.rutgers.edu)
"Jeanne Blake has done it again! Parents and kids telling us their true stories—analyzed by two distinguished experts—give us the tools and insights we need to talk with our own kids through puberty and adolescence. This is a must-have book for preteens, teens, and parents, and for all professionals who work with children and families." Robie H. Harris, author IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL, Changing Bodies, Growing up, and Sexual Health, IT'S SO AMAZING! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families
“In addition to Words Can Works excellent content, Blake’s spiritual/community ethos came through in a beautiful way. I loved the format of two physicians commenting on the text, with quotes from clergy, and other informational sidebars peppered throughout. The pictures make the text so approachable; this is about real people! “ Brian Johnson, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School, Member, Boston Psychoanalytic Society
“Words Can Work: When Talking With Kids About Sexual Health is fantastic. This book is a testament to how things done right can work out so well.” Pamela, mother of a teen
“I’ve read this Words Can Work book cover to cover and it rocks! I'm delighted that it will be easy to promote the book to colleagues and recommend to parents.” Jan Lunquist, Vice President of Education, Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan
“This little volume is very helpful in the consistently challenging effort to work with parents.” Johnny Wilson, Planned Parenthood of New Mexico
"The book is very well laid out, easy to read, and contains many helpful facts. They will be an important tool for educating our community about the importance of involving parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children, as well as with promoting comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education." Nanette Ecker, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County
"Communication in families keeps kids healthy. By providing parents with useful skills, information and resources we empower them be successful in their role as the primary sexuality educators of their children. Positive communication between parents and children helps establish family and individual values enabling young people to make healthier, safe, and better-informed decisions. Words Can Work: When Talking With Kids About Sexual Health is a useful resource for parents to use at home and with activities we offer in our workshops." Amy Cody, Co-Manager of Parent Education, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
“This is a fabulous book.” Terry Dennison, Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma
"Simple, easy to read books like this give parents an encouraging pat on the back that they're capable of being a resource to their children.
At times, I found myself chuckling or nodding my head after reading the anecdotal stories. I believe that the true life stories were the most appealing part of the book. Especially, the comments from the children about their experiences tackling such intimate topics with their parents. The format of each chapter effectively demonstrated key talking points and helpful hints from Dr. Satcher and Dr. Rauch.
I have heard many comments from youth that the way their parents reacted to simple questions about anatomy/sexuality made them fear coming to their parents later when they had more serious questions about sex and relationships.
The most important message I internalized while reading Words Can Work: When Talking With Kids About Sexual Health was that parents need to embrace/role model honesty and non-judgmental attitudes when it comes to sexuality." Azure'De M. Crymes, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
"This is the perfect resource to have available to parents who participate in our family programs." Joanna Johnston, Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood
“Words Can Work: When Talking About Sexual Health puts very complex issues into simple terms that both parents and kids can easily appreciate.” Mark Kaplan, M.D, Clinical Instructor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Medical School
"We love this resource!! We plan to use them in a variety of settings: as giveaways for parent-child communication workshops, for parents who have requested a series of individual consultations, and we plan to add copies to our PP libraries in Omaha and Lincoln." Lisa Schulze, Planned Parenthood of Nebraska and Council Bluffs
"Parents want to know that words can work. They want to know what the magic words are so that their kids stop having sex or don’t start. Words Can Work: When Talking With Kids About Sexual Health is a valuable resource that parents can take home after attending one of our parent education classes to help them when they are struggling with these difficult issues." Kelly Faciana, M.Ed. CHES, Director of Education, Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio
How people use it:
• Planned Parenthood of Northern Michigan sells copies to generate income for affiliates.
• Distributed to Planned Parenthood affiliates nationally through a gift from the Office of Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and the Ronald M. Ansin Foundation.
• Distributed by Los Angeles Children's Hospital in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Toolkits given to community based organizations.
• Distributed to attendees of A Call to Action conference chaired by former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.
• Recommended resource for parents at the National Education Association Health Information Network Web site.
• Distributed to parents by Planned Parenthood of Northern Michigan.