Episode 9: Sexual Education for Children
Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Alisha Worthington, SSW, a sexual educator, on the topic of providing healthy sexual education to our pre-adolescent children. How do we approach sexuality of children without projecting our own adult sensibilities? What do we teach about sexuality without even realizing it? What are the best ways to respond to things like masturbation/self-touch, pornography viewing, and experiences such as "playing doctor?" How do we talk to our kids about their body parts? How do we teach protective stances and boundaries, especially when it comes to the potential of child sexual abuse? How do we avoid shaming/fear-based sex education and embrace pleasure-based sex education, even when we want to reinforce concepts such as consent, appropriate boundaries and the risks associated with sexuality? And much more....
Alisha Worthington is an LDS Sexual Educator and has contributed to many media resources such as: FamilyShare.com and The Deseret News. She has been a regular contributor on the Radio From Hell show on x96 taking live calls on sex and intimacy and has been a guest on KUTV 2 morning news. She is an educator, group facilitator, and coach for The Healing Group, where she offers many workshops and services regarding women's health and sexuality, and co-author of the book Real Intimacy: A Couple's Guide to Healthy, Genuine Sexuality. She is also a member of the Mormon Mental Health Association.
Resources mentioned during the podcast:
Elizabeth Smart Foundation: Mission focused on preventing and stopping predatory crimes.
Yes! You can talk to your kids about sex by Kristin Hodson and Alisha Worthington
A Parent's Guide an LDS Manual
Teaching Youths in the 21st Century by Elder M. Russell Ballard
The Naked People in Your iPod by Paul Malan
Where Willie Went by Nicholas Allan
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health by Robbie Harris and Michael Emberley
For Goodness Sex by Al Vernacchio
Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcast, Mormon Mental Health.
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