Why YOU need Sexual Health Education Training!

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Our culture is flooded with messages about sex, bodies, gender roles, relationships, and power: children are absorbing them from an early age.  Without a trusted source of accurate information, these messages become many people’s only sex education.  What messages are your clients receiving?  Which ones are you sending?

 

All adults who work with youth should have training in healthy sexual development.  That’s what More Than Sex-Ed is here for.  Whether you are a social worker, health care provider, teacher, counselor, camp director, youth pastor, or anyone else who cares about teens, we can help you develop skills to communicate openly about sexuality, while holding crucial boundaries.  The youth you serve need well-informed and supportive adults they can trust.  Join us for our Sexual Health Education Training at Antioch University, March 15-17, to gain the knowledge, tools, and resources you need to be ready when they need you. 

Bright Spots & Shining Spirits: the kids are alright

Bright Spots & Shining Spirits: the kids are alright

As we look towards a bright future and a hope-filled new year, I want to share with you some “detail shots” looking back on this year’s classes, and the wonderful students we have the joy of working with.  Curious, courageous, compassionate young people like these give me all of the hope for the future.

 Let me start with a scene I’m grateful to have witnessed many times over:

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"Everybody, Every Body": More Than Sex-Ed Publishes Our First Book!

"Everybody, Every Body":  More Than Sex-Ed Publishes Our First Book!

More than Sex-Ed is proud to say we are publishing a perfect read-aloud book for children and their favorite adults. With your help we can get this book out in the new year!

“Everybody, Every Body” is a colorful picture book that explores what it means to live in a body, and celebrates—in a child-friendly way—the range of wonderful feelings and experiences our bodies can give us.  It also gently nudges adult readers to support their child’s developing sense of bodily autonomy, consent, and the right to personal space. 

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More Than Sex-Ed in Schools Across Los Angeles—De Toledo High School

More Than Sex-Ed in Schools Across Los Angeles—De Toledo High School

We are thrilled to work with a variety of schools!
They may be charter, pilot, or independent schools, but one consistent feature is that each has administrators and teachers who profoundly recognize the value of well facilitated conversations with students about personal relationships and sexual health.

Meet De Toledo High School in West Hills!

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"It's Sex Ed!?! And MY Kids?!?"

"It's Sex Ed!?! And MY Kids?!?"

Right now there’s a bunch of misinformation traveling through Californian parenting circles about what our state actually requires regarding sex-ed in schools.

 We get it. What other topic causes this kind of gnarly gut twisting parental discomfort?

But at More Than Sex-Ed we take our mission to support parents and guardians in their role as primary sexuality educators for their children very seriously. We recognize the widely varying perspectives parents have regarding sexuality and values.

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When Parents Don't See Eye-to-Eye About Sex-Ed

When Parents Don't See Eye-to-Eye About Sex-Ed

Co-parents don’t always agree on what is age appropriate for their child. This can be particularly delicate when the topic of age-appropriate sex education comes up. In my experience as a sex educator, the “how young is too young?” type of question is often the first question parents have about their children's sexual education.

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Seven Ways to Have Better Conversations with Your Child About Sex (and Everything Else!)

Seven Ways to Have Better Conversations with Your Child About Sex (and Everything Else!)

A central part of More Than Sex-Ed’s mission is to support parents in providing their children with the healthiest possible messages about sexuality—and we know that even the most caring and open-minded parents can struggle with this.  The good news is, no single “talk” will make or break your teen’s self-confidence or decision-making skills; the best thing you can do is cultivate open, honest, ongoing dialogue about everything.  Sex talk, when your child is ready, will grow out of that.  Here are some tips we hope may be useful:

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From the Huffington Post: "How Sex Educators Talk to Their Sons About Consent"

From the Huffington Post: "How Sex Educators Talk to Their Sons About Consent"

It is abundantly clear that as a society we still have lots of work to do on the topic of Consent. 

We really love this article by Caroline Bologna in the Huffington Post: "How Sex Educators Talk to Their Sons About Consent", and highly recommend you give it a read.

No matter the gender of the kids you may or may not have, the advice is spot on. Here's a couple of important points:

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From a Class on Consent, a Moment to Treasure

From a Class on Consent, a Moment to Treasure

One boy in the circle had a deeply thoughtful expression on his face. 

 Eyebrows knit together, he raised his hand.

“So . . . if you ask somebody if they want to have sex, and they say no . . . can you still say, like, ‘ok, do you want to cuddle?’ Like, is that okay?”

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Why are More Than Sex-Ed workshop series’ so long!?! Can’t kids learn what they need in a couple of hours?”

Why are More Than Sex-Ed workshop series’ so long!?! Can’t kids learn what they need in a couple of hours?”

Let’s consider just how much of our life experience involves sexuality. What else consumes our thoughts the way that longing for intimacy and sexual fulfillment does? How preoccupied as adolescents are we with our sexual identity and worries about whether we are normal? How much of middle and high school is spent navigating the turbulence of attraction and relationships? And that’s only the segue into what we hope is lifelong healthy sexuality!

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