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ERIC Number: ED433133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Talk with Your Kids...before Everyone Else Does: Talking with Kids about Tough Issues.
Children Now, Oakland, CA.
Parents are challenged daily with a wide range of disturbing issues that are difficult for children to understand and for adults to explain. This booklet offers practical, concrete tips and techniques for talking easily and openly with 8- to 12-year-olds about sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, drugs, and alcohol. The book is divided into five parts. Part 1 contains 10 general tips for talking with kids: start early, initiate conversations with your child, initiate conversations about sex and relationships, create an open environment, communicate your values, listen to your child, try to be honest, be patient, use everyday opportunities to talk, and have several conversations about the same topic. Part 2 presents advice about talking about sex and relationships, including giving accurate and age-appropriate information and talking with children of the opposite sex. Part 3 concerns HIV/AIDS and suggests that parents present facts, foster self-esteem, put children's safety first, and be prepared to discuss death. Part 4 deals with violence and recommends that parents acknowledge children's fears and reassure them of their safety, convey strict rules about weapons, talk about gangs, monitor media and tone down the effects of violent media messages, set limits for children, and ask schools to teach conflict-resolution. Part 5 conveys advice about alcohol and drugs, including role playing how to say "no," setting a good example, discussing what makes a good friend, and seeking help if a problem is suspected. The booklet concludes with a list of organizational resources and readings for parents and children. (KB)
Children Now, 1212 Broadway, 5th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612; Tel: 800-CHILD-44 (Toll Free); Tel: 510-763-2444; Fax: 510-763-1974; Web site:; Web site: (full text).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.
Authoring Institution: Children Now, Oakland, CA.