Author: Anne Marie Miller
Publisher: Baker Books
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A hard topic to tackle, but done so with the best information possible to adequately prepare parents and children for this difficult issue.
One of the hardest thing a parent can do is talk to their children about sex. Anne Marie Miller has become quite good at this while sharing her personal story and talking about the gift of sex from God to almost half a million young people. She doesn’t sweep the hard topic under the rug. She wants to equip parents with the information they need to feel competent in talking about sex with their kids. And not just sex, she deals with the issues of pornography and sexual abuse all in an age appropriate way. The most important thing she says is to keep the lines of communication open so that children know they can trust their parents with this talk, the fear they feel, and the mistakes they might have already made. Throughout everything, she offers hope to worried parents that their children can grow up with a healthy biblical view of sex as a gift from God.
I have to give props to Anne Miller. This is an incredibly difficult topic to tackle and she does it with grace. She not only gives the advice on how to talk to your kids about sex and the other hard topics, she gives her own story as well. There is so much here I never knew and am thankful to now have this as a resource. Before reading this, I didn’t think of having any kind of talk of this nature with my five-year-old boy, but now I realize there are age appropriate words and phrases I can go ahead and start using with him. It’s crazy to think about starting this talk at such a young age, but with the world we live in and the technology available to even the youngest minds it has become necessary. With smart phones, computers, and internet access readily available, it is easier than ever for young minds to be tainted. We as parents need to be ready. Miller has done an outstanding job of getting together resources and advice from experts. I highly recommend this to all parents to read and reread as the years go by.