Sexuality Explained: a Guide for Parents and Children

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This stand-along book works well as a companion to the Alive to the World series.

Sexuality Explained uses stories to make the subject approachable. The conversational style gives a friendly feel to the biology, which is explained with hand-drawn diagrams based on the work of Dr Thomas Hilgers. There are separate chapters for girls and for boys.

Additional scientific detail is included in Textboxes, in Glossaries and in Points to Remember. These help to consolidate each chapter and give parents and carers a framework if they wish to teach in their own words.

At the end of the book, the biological diagrams are printed on their own. They can be cut out and used by parents to illustrate their private lessons or by children to revise what they have learnt. The diagrams can also be printed out at the link below.

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How do you use the Guide?

With every freedom. It is not intended to be a ‘how-to-do-it’ course but is designed to accompany parents and guardians throughout the years when their children are growing into maturity.

What age group does the Guide cater for?

From pre-puberty to mid-teens. Young people in their twenties have also used it to catch up on facts omitted in school sex education. Suggested ages are listed in the Contents, but children vary enormously. Parents are recommended to read the whole book first.

Is the book religious?

No. The Guide starts from the premise that all human life is of equal dignity and worthy of the greatest respect.

Why is the role of parents unique?

Children want to receive their initial education from their parents and families. There is something profoundly moving about learning for the first time how you came to be from the very persons who gave you life.

Many parents find it hard to teach

That is why Sexuality Explained has been written.

The Guide and its use by schools

Schools can do much to encourage parents to take up their role. They can suggest Sexuality Explained to them, have copies which can be borrowed, and run workshops where parents and teachers can exchange ideas. This is a good way also to win parents’ interest in the school curriculum.

The Guide gives teachers and community leaders a lot of discussion material which could be used as the basis for workshops among older children.

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Principally for girls

1. Josie and the Cakes
General introduction to the female menstrual cycle: designed for pre-puberty.
9-11 years

2. Josie Lends a Helping Hand
Review of the menstrual cycle in more practical detail for a girl approaching puberty.
10-12 years

3. Josie’s Next Lesson
Explanation of the mucus cycle and its purpose.
11-13 years

4. A Privileged Role
Overview of male fertility and the process of conception.
12-14 years

5. It Helps to Know
Dress and teenage relationships; explanation of the chemistry of sexual bonding.
13-15 years


Principally for boys

6. Michael and Dad Go Fishing
General introduction to male fertility.
10-11 years

7. Michael Shows Off his Knowledge
Overview of female fertility and the process of conception.
12-14 years

8. Changed for Life
Sexual bonding, self-mastery and an overview of brain chemistry; an initial response to same-sex attraction.
13-15 years


For both sexes

9. Dad, Is Sex Dangerous?
Explanation of sexually transmitted diseases; the complementarity between the sexes.
13-15 years

10. Forgotten Truths
Overview of contraception
13-16 years


Additional information


978 085244 808 3


Contents list
Sample chapter 1  | Sample Chapter 2
Promotional flyer
Full Page Diagrams

2 reviews for Sexuality Explained: a Guide for Parents and Children

  1. Dr John McLean, Associate Specialist in Genitourinary Medicine, University of Manchester (retired)

    This book has exceeded all my expectations. The introduction is excellent and shows parents how they can initiate a conversation with their children. The type is easy to read, the page layout is balanced and well demarcated, the boxed inserts are very helpful in clarifying or adding information. The ‘Points to Remember’ and the Glossary after each chapter summarise essential facts and eliminate the need to go back for information. The illustrations, too, are excellent, easy to understand and their simplicity is a welcome bonus. A great deal of information is presented in a logical and coherent fashion – all in all a wonderful achievement.

  2. Edmund P Adamus

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said that ‘to see the miraculous within the ordinary is the mark of highest wisdom.’ This remarkable guide encapsulates that spirit of adventure that should be the hallmark of dialogue between parents and children concerning love and responsibility. Any parent with a passionate heart for investing in their child’s present and future morality will draw from it empowering insights and sensible ideas to help form the hearts minds and bodies of their sons and daughters with a new sense of vision purpose and hope. I applaud the author for making such a valid contribution to building a society crying out for an adequate anthropology.

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