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The value in both these books is their ability to normalize discussion of genitalia through an enjoyable, frank storyline, wonderful illustrations, and a clear tone that helps children understand that knowing ALL the parts of their bodies helps keep them healthy, safe, and strong.
As a mother, I value "Who Has What?" because it’s the first step in a long sexuality education that I plan for my kids, where sex is a normal, natural part of life. The most important thing for me is that my kids stay healthy, and that when they one day choose to have sex, they will keep themselves protected from unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.”
So, now I’ve taken care of a last-minute gift idea for children up to age 14. But what about the teenagers in your family? Tuck some condoms in the very tip of their Christmas stockings (or wrap them into a little Hanukkah gift). I guarantee the “gift” could generate some worthwhile conversation in the days following the holidays—and great protection from STDs and unplanned pregnancies throughout the New Year!
Susie Wilson, former executive coordinator of the Network for Family Life Education at Rutgers University's Center for Applied and Professional Psychology (now renamed Answer), is a national leader in the fight for effective sexuality and HIV/AIDS education and for prevention of adolescent pregnancy. She can be reached at
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