Talking with Teens about Sexuality
Critical Conversations about Social Media, Gender Identity, Same-Sex Attraction, Pornography, Purity, Dating, Etc.
Understand Your Teen's World So You Can Hear Them and They Can Hear You
When Dr. Robinson asked her freshman psychology students what today's parents need to know about teens and sex, they said parents don't have a realistic view of the world their teens live in. Today's culture is filled with sexual identity confusion, ubiquitous pornography, and the disassociation of sex from relationships. A healthy sexual identity requires more than just a list of what not to do. Teenagers need to know how to protect themselves as well as how to treat others.
Talking with Teens about Sexuality will help you understand your teen's world and give you effective strategies in the midst of cultural pressures. Drs. Robinson and Scott provide scientifically reliable and biblically based information about gender fluidity, types of intimacy, online dangers, setting boundaries, and much more. Along the way, the book provides useful conversation starters and insightful guidance.
Don't let fear or lack of awareness keep you from engaging in vital conversations. Learn how to talk to your teen with knowledge and confidence, guiding them toward a sexually healthy future.
Beth Robinson, EdD, is a licensed professional counselor and approved supervisor for licensed professional counselors. She is also a certified school counselor and has a teaching certificate; she is a frequent expert witness in legal proceedings involving sexual abuse. Dr. Robinson and her family live in Lubbock, Texas.
Latayne C. Scott is an award-winning veteran of the Christian publishing industry and has written more than two dozen books. She has a PhD in biblical studies and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"Helping kids navigate our sex-saturated, morally confused culture can feel like an overwhelming task. With the younger generation facing a barrage of unbiblical messages about sexuality, Drs. Beth Robinson and Latayne Scott have prepared a comprehensive manual to help parents instill in their kids a godly view of sex."
Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family
"Straightforward. Honest. Engaging. The tone of this book speaks right to the heart and gives substantive answers to the important questions. And the authors don't 'talk down' to their audience. There's a trust built between author and reader I found refreshing and gentle. Thank you for this resource!"
Chris Fabry, author and host of Chris Fabry Live
"In a rapidly changing cultural context, a theologically grounded and articulate response to sexuality is increasingly necessary. Drs. Robinson and Scott provide parents an honest, research-based, and practical foundation for having these critical conversations with our children. This book should be recommended reading for parents and those who work with youth!"
Dr. Steven Bonner, assistant dean, College of Bible and Ministry; chair, Undergraduate Bible; and associate professor of Christian ministry, Lipscomb University
"As a parent, I can't wait to teach my children the essentials of life! How to ride a bike, boil an egg, and mow the lawn. But how am I going to talk to them about sex? I don't have any role models. It's not like my parents ever talked about sex with me. Besides, the world I grew up in is not the same world of today. That's why I'm loving Beth Robinson and Latayne Scott's Talking with Teens about Sexuality. This book is filled with real-life scenarios, frontline counseling experience, practical suggestions, and Christian wisdom. This book will equip parents to have calm, informed, safe, and non-anxious conversations about sex with their children."
Sam Chan, City Bible Forum, Australia, author of How to Talk About Jesus (Without Being That Guy)
"Excellent, practical information and advice on a critical optic for developing adolescents and their parents. Robinson and Scott use real-life examples to help us not only see the need but also see that we can be informed and help. The examples of language to use in different situations and discussions with teens is worth the price of the book. Easy to read. Well organized."
Dudley Chancey, PhD, professor of ministry, Oklahoma Christian University
"How well I know the depth of the trap that sexual temptation can be. It is no wonder Paul tells us, 'Flee sexual immorality.' Beth Robinson's and Latayne Scott's Talking with Teens about Sexuality gets very specific on how to address today's issues for great discussions with your teens. Real-life situations are described, and practical advice is given on how to handle them. They have expertise and many resources for further study. I love how they affirm with zeal the beauty of God's real design for sex. The book is packed with wonderful advice and includes many conversation starters to use with your teen. Whether you are a parent of teens, a grandparent, a youth minister, or a pastor, this is the one book you need to prepare for this important subject."
Kent Dickerson, author of Remade: A Preacher Finds Victory Over Porn and Complaint
"This book is a must-read for parents in today's world! These topics are approached from a real yet biblical perspective. Talking with Teens about Sexuality will assist parents and teens in having practical discussions applicable to real life. I've already requested three copies for my kids--my grandchildren need them to read it!"
Chris Hatchett, Southlake Campus pastor, The Hills Church
"Talking with Teens about Sexuality is a helpful resource for both parents and those working with young people. Robinson and Scott do not talk around the topic of sexuality, they walk the reader through some of the most difficult topics and provide practical suggestions for navigating difficult conversations. This book is a needed resource."
Dr. David Wayne Fraze, James "Buddy" Davidson Endowed Chair of Youth Ministry, Lubbock Christian University
"I cannot recommend this benchmark work enough, as sexual ethics is undoubtedly the tantamount issue affecting the next generation. The information contained within these pages is a game changer as we proactively position ourselves to address tough questions that are on the hearts and minds of our young people."
Melissa Pellew, chapter director and College Prep mentor, Ratio Christi
"I was surprised by this book. I was expecting platitudes. Instead I got a useful, no-nonsense approach to talking to teens about all the complicated topics of our day relating to sex, which are many and are nothing I ever expected to have to deconstruct. Kudos to the authors for excelling at this daunting task. Putting God back into the equation is the only reasonable approach."
Patti Rokus, author
"My father, bless him, would have benefitted greatly from reading this book before giving me 'the talk.' For parents attempting to navigate today's daunting sexual world, this book draws from 'the talk' of another Father--the One who gifted us with sex and lovingly tells us how to handle it."
F. LaGard Smith, compiler and narrator of The Daily Bible
"This book will equip you to address vital issues about these difficult topics with the teens in your life. Beth gives you dozens of practical tools as well as up-to-date research to help you address sexuality from an informed and compassionate perspective. Beth Robinson is the best person to write this book, as she has devoted her life to raising and training teens to live lives for Jesus."
Walter Surdacki, DMin, professor of youth ministry, Lipscomb University