Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom about Health, Sex or Whatever

A guide for mother-daughter conversations about female health and sexuality, this book targets both daughters and mothers. Start Talking contains more than 113 questions girls ask including questions about periods, sex, relationships, guys, eating, exercise, body development, along with similar questions verbalized by mothers.

Each chapter contains basic information accompanied by real-life vignettes, questions and answers for moms, questions and answers for daughters, "Table Talk"" suggestions for moms on how to engage each other around these topics. This book differs from books targeting just girls understanding their own bodies, and from books targeting just mothers on what they should know: it is deliberately meant to spark conversations.

For more resources for girls on every stage of their physical and emotional development, visit our Guides for Girls section.

For more parenting resources on helping your Mighty Girl through all stages of her development, visit our Physical / Emotional parenting section.

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"Many teens are exposed to information about health and sex from such unreliable sources as their peers or the mass media instead of from their parents. Psychotherapist Rapini and Sherman, an ob-gyn nurse practitioner, set out to facilitate communication about sex and health issues between mothers and daughters. The authors cover areas such as menstruation, routine health care, STDs, sexuality and relationships, birth control, and body image in a question-and-answer format. They also promote "table talk" as a means of encouraging discussion between mom and daughter and provide sample conversations on many topics." -- School Library Journal


Recommended Age 13 and up
Author Mary Jo Rapini, Janine Sherman
ISBN 1886298319
Publication Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Bayou Publishing
Language English