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Book Summary, "From Diapers to Dating"
From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children (1999)
By: Debra W. Haffner
This acclaimed book, by educator Debra Haffner, provides parents with what they need to feel comfortable and competent in one of their most difficult roles – giving their children a solid and wholesome sexual foundation. Haffner believes in a values-oriented approach to raising sexually healthy children – and emphasizes your values, not hers. She also gives you a head start in determining which values you want to communicate and how.
Organized from infancy through adolescence, this extraordinary book will help you do just that. This book was approved by Parent's Choice, featured in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and on Oprah and Dateline, Each chapter includes:
- Values exercises: Questions to help parents sort out their own values about sexuality and decide what they want to teach their children.
- What to expect and how to prepare: Lively discussions of each stage of a child's life – from infancy to adolescence – filed with relevant information, sparkling anecdotes and sample conversations.
- Teachable Moments: How to find and use opportunities throughout a child's life to bring up specific issues of sexuality instead of waiting to have that "big talk." Dozens of age-appropriate questions and answers are included.
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About the Author
Debra W. Haffner, M.P.H., M. Div., was president and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) for more than a decade. She has been at the forefront of sexuality education for more than 25 years, making frequent lecture and media appearances. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she is currently the director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing. She is also the author of Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens – From Middle School to High School and Beyond.
PAMF also provides parents and teachers with a book summary of Beyond the Big Talk, found here.
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Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013