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Organizations and articles on the Web

Advocates for Youth -- advocatesforyouth.org

European Approaches to Adolescent Sexual Behavior & Responsibility – advocatesforyouth.org/european.htm

Tips for Talking with Sexually Active Teens about Contraception – advocatesforyouth.org/parents/contraception.htm

Parents and Teens Talking Together About Contraception – advocatesforyouth.org/parents/experts/huberman2.htm

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States – siecus.org

Information Link For Teens – siecus.org/links/links.html#TEEN

The Sexual Health Network – sexualhealth.com

Books

By Debra Haffner (all Newmarket Press):

From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children From Infancy to Middle School

Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens From Middle School to High School

What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know: Facing Today's Challenges with Wisdom and Heart

By Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley (Candlewick Press):

It's so Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families (for ages 5 and up; these authors also have a book for younger children, but I recommend starting with this one right away)

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health (for ages 10 and up)

By Lynda and Area Madaras (Newmarket Press):

The "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Girls; with a companion workbook, My Body, My Self for Girls

The "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Boys; with a companion workbook, My Body, My Self for Boys

DVD

The Talk. With a healthy dose of humor, this series of skits by today's teens for today's teens and their parents is the best sex education DVD I have ever seen. Available from Youth Performance Co. (youthperformanceco.com); (612) 623-9180. It comes with a discussion guide.

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