Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become

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Nationally acclaimed educator and author of Sex and Sensibility, Deborah Roffman distills her more than thirty years of experience teaching kids—and their parents—into this indispensable guide, helping you to be your kids’ number one source for information and guidance on human sexuality. Roffman tackles everything from developmental stages to strategies for handling embarrassing or difficult conversations, offering the best ways to make sure you both keep talking (and listening).


Deborah Roffman’s work on childhood and teen sexuality has been featured in numerous publications, including the Washington Post and USA Today. A recipient of the Mary Lee Tatum Apple Award from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she has also been recognized by the National Federation of Republican Women. The mother of two grown sons, she lives with her husband in Baltimore, Maryland.


We live in a time when kids of all ages are bombarded with age-sensitive material wherever they turn; “sexting” and bullying are on the rise at an increasingly younger age, and teen moms are “celebrified.” What is a concerned–and embarrassed–parent to do? With wit, wisdom, and savvy, Deborah Roffman translates her experiences gleaned from decades of teaching kids and parents, and as a mom, into strategies to help parents navigate this tricky terrain. Talk to Me First is for any parent who wants to become and remain the most credible and influential resource about sexuality in their children’s lives.


Table of Contents

  1. Getting There First About Sex
  2. Raising Children in a World Gone Upside Down
  3. Parenting is a Five-Piece Suit
  4. Affirmation: Our Children as Sexual Beings
  5. Information: Folding the Facts
  6. Clarity About Values: Honing your Message
  7. The Delicate Art of Limit Setting
  8. Anticipatory Guidance: Turning Children over to Themselves
  9. Practice Makes Proficient: Let’s Go Fishing


“Deborah Roffman is one of the most enlightened thinkers in the field of sexuality education today. To truly understand what sexuality education is all about, people of all ideologies need to stop digging in their heels, and truly listen to what Roffman has to say.”

~ William J. Taverner
Executive Director, the Center for Sex Education
Editor, American Journal of Sexuality Education


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