It seems like summer just began, and already its end is rapidly approaching. Back to school ads, back to school sales, back to the books. Speaking of books . . .
While you are doing your part to encourage your children in their studies this year, consider setting a reading example by picking up a copy of the 2019 Berks Teens Matter Let’s Talk Month Read: “for goodness sex”* by Al Vernacchio. Subtitled ‘changing the way we talk to teens about sexuality, values, and health,’ Vernacchio’s realistic and positive approach can help you get comfortable with this often-uncomfortable topic. Invite your partner and/or some friends to read the book as well so you can talk about what you are reading in a safe circle. Or contact Berks Teens Matter to inquire about “for goodness sex” conversation sessions.
Community surveys completed by Berks Teens Matter in 2018 found that 60% of local parents, while supportive of teen sexuality education efforts by schools and community groups – felt parents need to have a bigger voice in these conversations, and 77% told us that “Parents believe they should talk to their kids about sex but often don’t know what to say, how to say it, or when to start.” In “for goodness sex,” with more than 20 years of experience as a human sexuality educator, Vernacchio helps readers think about what to say, how to say it, and when to start.
As stated on the book jacket, “Your kids know more about sex than you think they do. But your kids don’t know as much about sex as they think they do.” You have a powerful opportunity to influence your children’s sexual and reproductive health. Don’t let silence be your message. Let’s Talk!
*Unfortunately, “for goodness sex” is not available in Spanish. We welcome your suggestions about how we can best share its message with our Latinx community. www.berksteensmatter.or g or 610-375-6523.
By Nadine Smet-Weiss