This post is brought to you by the AMAZE Parent Playlist. All opinions are my own.
Being a parent comes with a lot of responsibilities when raising your children. Parents teach their kids how to eat, how to ride a bike, how to clean their room, how to read and most importantly how to be a successful part of society. But, there is one topic that often gets forgotten about because parents often feel unsure of how to teach their kids this topic. You know what topic I am thinking about…THE TALK, yes the “birds and the bees” talk. Here we are in the year 2018 and there are still parents that just cannot fathom how to start this conversation.
Let’s Talk About Sex
If you are a 90’s loving gal like me, you probably just sang that song in your head. Got to love Salt-N-Pepa, they had it right, “Let’s Talk About Sex”! If only it was that easy…to just talk. When I think back to my sex education growing up, it was pretty lame. It makes me unbelievably thankful for the open dialogue I always had with my mom. Without her, I do believe my life may have played out differently, which makes me even more motivated to make sure I continue this dialogue with my kids.
You already know this but parenting is hard! Everyday a new challenge comes into play. Jude and Teagan are at the age that they are questioning everything. Jude is 8, and he wants to know everything in a scientific way and Teagan just wants to know it all. We have a challenge ahead of us but we want to be the primary sexuality educators of both of our kids. Thankfully there is a really great tool for parents to utilize when the time is right.
What Is The AMAZE Parent Playlist?
AMAZE is a program that launched in September 2016. It was dedicated to providing accurate and inclusive sex education videos to 10-14 year olds. The project is backed by some of the leaders in the sexual health space, including Advocates for Youth, Answer, and Youth Tech Health. AMAZE talks about more than just the birds and the bees- they discuss things like gender expression, sexual orientation, gender identity, and puberty through a series of short animated videos geared toward younger teens.
Sounds great for the “pre-teen” group but something was missing. The AMAZE program decided that the age group 4-9 needed their own program! The AMAZE Parent Playlist helps parents engage young children (ages 4-9) in open, honest conversations in a fun, engaging, and age-appropriate way. With titles ranging from “How Do You Talk to Young Kids About Sex” to “Where Do Babies Come From” to “Is Playing Doctor OK?” the 10 animated videos in the AMAZE Parent Playlist are designed specifically to train parents on how best to talk with their children about sex, healthy relationships, and growing up.
The AMAZE Parent Playlist is perfect for our kids right now. I feel like it is so important for parents to start this conversation with their children at a young age so that when the kids hit their teenage years the conversation can continue. I believe “The Talk” in the past has been just that…ONE talk. After reviewing the AMAZE Parent Playlist I quickly discovered that the creators of this amazing (pun intended!) tool for parents isn’t just about “THE TALK” but instead it is all about creating a conversation between parents and children.
While I did have sex ed in school, I truly believe that this generation I am raising deserves more than that traditional sex education. Like I said before, I want there to be an open dialogue between me and my children and the AMAZE Parent Playlist is a great tool to get that dialogue started. I absolutely love the graphic of the Sex Ed Conversation Starters. Perfect for ages 4-9.
Ready To Jump In?
After going through the AMAZE Parent Playlist I would highly recommend this to any parents of children ages 4-9. Not only is it filled with great facts but it really does give parents real life examples and suggestions to get your conversation started. I loved the videos too, very creative! If you are a parent that has a child that asks a lot of questions like ours, I would take some time to start using AMAZE Parent Playlist now, you will be well prepared!
Society is changing and I find it so important to start the conversation of sexuality and sexual health early on. With the most recent #MeToo movement it is obvious that our children need a good sexuality foundation to make sure they lead safe and respectful lives as they grow older. Earlier this school year I wrote an article about teaching your children personal boundaries and it really struck a cord with a lot of my readers. Parents, we have a job to do and the AMAZE Parent Playlist is ready to be a helpful tool to get your conversation started.
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