Talk to Me First

Talk to Me First

Everything You Need to Know to Become your Kids' Go-to Person About Sex

Book - 2012
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We live in a time when kids of all ages are bombarded with age-sensitive material wherever they turn; sexting and bullying are on the rise at an increasingly younger age, and teen moms are made into celebrities. What is a concerned--and embarrassed--parent to do? With wit, wisdom, and savvy, Deborah Roffman translates her experiences gleaned from decades of teaching kids and parents, and as a mom, into strategies to help parents navigate this tricky terrain. Talk to Me First is for any parent who wants to become and remain the most credible and influential resource about sexuality in their children's lives.
Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Lifelong, 2012.
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780738215082
Branch Call Number: 613.9071 R
Characteristics: xii, 281 pages ;,23 cm.


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Aug 28, 2019

It's rather amusing to read the Publishers Weekly review of this book: either APL transferred the text incorrectly or the paid reviewer actually misspelled the Author's name in the opening sentence. A sign of how carefully this parental sex ed book was probed? Taking the book's tagline seriously, I expected a "How to" book otherwise, how would I become the 'Go-To' parental expert for my teen? At least Publishers Weekly gets the author's 5-piece suit metaphor transmitted and it's with that one should already see trouble coming as the outlook for dealing with a teen or summing up parenting. Instead of living up to the dubious metaphor, though, of somehow a person in a suit always being a helpful expert, the book digresses from the outset into society's floundering sense of setting boundaries ("world gone upside down") and how parents are generally lost amateurs who need to wake up and "please stand up" (section title snippet). At page 48 we've rewound with the author all the way back to infants' needs after suggestions to count advertisements on our kids' favorite websites in the preceding pages. Uh, when are we getting to the "sex talk" that one might expect would prompt the sense of urgency and "alarm" and be the focus of this book? If anyone should be appreciative of clever marketing, the author should as she benefits from the increased circulation that paid review sites and jacket cover endorsements of position titles and previous works which has helped bring her own misleading title to Austin's public library shelves.

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