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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books Adult Publishing Group; St Martin's Griffin ed edition (3 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582380570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582380575
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Eyres have distilled in this one volume an absolute storehouse of wisdom profoundly needed today. Their practical, doable approach really works." --Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families on Teaching Your Children Values by Linda and Richard Eyre

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Through their phenomenally successful books, tapes, seminars, and 100,000-member parenting organization, Linda and Richard Eyre have helped countless parents to be both effective and comfortable when talking to their children about sex, safety, and commitment.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the best parenting book I have ever read and used. It has more applicability and direct relevance to my parenting than any other.
I saw the author of this book interviewed on TV a while back and decided to buy this book. I was intrigued by his philosophy to teach your children at age eight, and to teach kids that sex is the "most wonderful, awesome thing in the world."
I read the book and decided to give it a try on our nine year old. We followed their directions and dialog pretty closely and even used the children's book "Where did I come from" as part of the discussion (this is the book they recommend). We made it a special night for just our son, taking him to his choice of restaurant and having the discussion in a secluded area there.
It worked better than I had ever imagined. We had a wonderful evening sharing this marvelous secret, and setting the record straight in his mind. There were a few embarassing moments (like when he would look up from the book and say, "really, that's what you do? OK.") and my wife and I were quite nervous.
However, after the discussion our son actually thanked us and said how glad he was to know the truth. We felt a closeness that we have rarely felt with our boy. I truely feel we have created a basis on which our parent/child relationship can build. He now feels he can talk to us about anything and he knows we will be upfront with him. I am now giving this book to all my friends with kids. In my mind, this is how sex education should be taught!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 1998
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This is an amazing book. Of course, I am a little biased because I am the Eyre's daughter. Regardless, I wanted to write a short reveiw because I think that the children of "parenting experts" probably give the most realistic reviews. In fact, I am the product of what they sugest and teach. This book gives clear, aplicable and practical sugestions to help parents talk to their kids and teach them about one of the most importat issues and challenges kids confront. It's a hard world and sex is a hard thing to figure out, there is so much misinformation going around. The media gives so many false impresseions and it is easy to get confused and do things that you would always regret. I am so thankful that my parents had the courage and the concern to talk to me while I was young, opening the lines of comunication and helping me to know what sex is and isn't, what is appropriate and safe and what will eventuallly make me the happiest. I honestly don't know where my life would be if they haden't. It is a real issue, and so many parents choose to avoid it because it is hard to address. I truely think that so many things would chage in this world if more parents applied the advice and suggestions outlined in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By am on 29 Jun. 2013
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This book promotes marriage and pre-marital abstinence. I'm sorry I bought it and as soon as I've finished this review it's going in the bin. It is worth zero stars.
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We tried it and it WORKS!!! 4 Jun. 1999
By S. Ashby - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best parenting book I have ever read and used. It has more applicability and direct relevance to my parenting than any other.
I saw the author of this book interviewed on TV a while back and decided to buy this book. I was intrigued by his philosophy to teach your children at age eight, and to teach kids that sex is the "most wonderful, awesome thing in the world."
I read the book and decided to give it a try on our nine year old. We followed their directions and dialog pretty closely and even used the children's book "Where did I come from" as part of the discussion (this is the book they recommend). We made it a special night for just our son, taking him to his choice of restaurant and having the discussion in a secluded area there.
It worked better than I had ever imagined. We had a wonderful evening sharing this marvelous secret, and setting the record straight in his mind. There were a few embarassing moments (like when he would look up from the book and say, "really, that's what you do? OK.") and my wife and I were quite nervous.
However, after the discussion our son actually thanked us and said how glad he was to know the truth. We felt a closeness that we have rarely felt with our boy. I truely feel we have created a basis on which our parent/child relationship can build. He now feels he can talk to us about anything and he knows we will be upfront with him. I am now giving this book to all my friends with kids. In my mind, this is how sex education should be taught!
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
PERFECT! 25 April 2007
By Sharon M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We have to say that this is the best book for "How To" we have encountered! It addresses all issues accompanied with sexual perceptions kids deal with today. Getting to the root of WHY parents need to be the 1st to talk and HOW to help children sort out the garbage that can send mixed signals about our relationship with ourselves and others. Moreover, it sends a message that you think your child is so wonderful and your love so great for them, that you will be the 1st to talk to them about it-- regardless if it is at 5, 8 or 10.

We have found 8 is NOT too early to talk about it.... If you have found this book later, then-- it isn't too late. Some of the language is a bit quirky-- but, as with most books, one must speak what comes out best for them. For us.... a "BIG HUG" was not the way to discuss SEX in all of its glory-- so we chose to use the words, "a special part of you". For us, sexual intimacy IS the most personal part of ourselves that we share. Love is the root and if parents don't have love and for themselves, each other, or their children do not feel love or understand what love means, then they will have problems dealing with sex and why it is so special. I agree that ALL children need to know from you that you are committed to your family and them as individuals. Tell them!!!

Sex is wonderful, very special and has a lot of facets that go unnoticed like: Modesty, respecting and protecting our bodies, loyalty, respect in general, and how nature plays a part in WHY sex is great, special and wonderful. The Eyre's touch on all aspects incorporated into sex, leaving out nothing.

Ultimately your timing may be different than theirs, but the concepts and delivery are good ways to get the "talk" done. Highly recommended. Don't miss reading what their children all have to say about the "big talk".
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
MIXED FEELINGS!!! 14 Jun. 2011
By Selena D. Robins - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like this book. I think in our world you need to start teaching your kids earlier than most might think. 8 is a good age. But I STRONGLY DISLIKE the accompanying picture book the Eyre's recommend called, "Where Do I Come From?" by Peter Mayle. It is WAAAAAAY TOO DETAILED AND GRAPHIC. I'm sorry, but I would prefer to tell my kids the mechanics without having a picture of a couple having sex for them to look at and details about how it "tickles" to move the penis up and down in the vagina until you want to "pop." They don't need that much detail at age 8.
36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
A Great Guideline for Conservative Parents 24 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit, I am a conservative mom. This book gave me just the advice I needed to put things in proper perspective for my child. It may not be applicable to all parents, but I really appreciated the strong moral base.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A great place to start 29 Jan. 2006
By Mom of 3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a great book to help me focus my thoughts and take a positive approach with my kids on this subject. I am an Ob/Gyn and have no problem talking about the "nuts and bolts" of the subject, but what I appreciated about this book was the help it gave me in introducing the rationale for delayed gratification and how to give my kids an idea of why it is such a special thing. I agree with some reviewers about the discussions on masturbation and homosexuality being a bit intolerant (and unrealistic!) for my taste, but the authors are pretty straightforward about their values and say straight out that parents should take what resonates with them, and disregard what doesn't. I will just modify those topics for my kids, but I found the other 99% of this book very helpful.
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