OK, so seriously, what is the deal with all the awkwardness around talking to kids about puberty and sex ed? We chalk it up to a lack of communicative experience (because many of our parents avoided this topic like the plague) and also just not always knowing what to say.
And this is why we’re thrilled to be working with AMAZE. AMAZE is a non-profit collaboration between experts in the field of sex ed -- Advocates for Youth, Answer, and Youth Tech Health -- to create engaging, age-appropriate sex ed videos for 10-14 year olds. And we love that the cover not just the biological mechanics of puberty, but also the more complex stuff like gender identity, relationships, and bullying. AMAZE wants to help empower parents to be the primary sexuality educators of their kids and they want the experience to be all about #MoreInfoLessWeird!
To kick off the launch of AMAZE and #MoreInfoLessWeird we engaged a team of influencers to share about AMAZE in the context of their puberty/sex ed conversations (or lack thereof!) with their kids.
- Holly Rosen Fink, of The Culture Mom, recalls how much easier it was for her to learn about how bodies change from someone other than her mother.
- Wendi Aarons, of WendiAarons.com, loves how dynamic the videos are and how they're perfect for tweens who may be embarrassed by their questions.
- Jessica Ashley, of Single Mom Nation, dreadfully realized that her open book policy on sex just wasn't enough.
- Kimberly Miller, of Life in a House of Testosterone, shares how talking about sex with her sons was way different than talking about it with her daughter.
- Kelly, of Kicking It With Kelly, outlines the basic steps for making "the talk" less awkward.
- Aliah Paris, of The Get Fit Diva, talks about how the questions her sons have about sex get more intense as they get older.
- Amanda Taylor, of Guide 4 Moms, actually had fun watching the videos with her kids and talking about the changes to their body.
- Veronica, of Viva la Feminista, declares amaze the "much needed addition to any parents' toolkit".
- Makeba Giles, of MELISASource.com, provides some helpful tips on how parents can support their child's sex education and curiosity.
- Alicia Gonzalez, of 24/7 Modern Mom, shares a slew of funny, but important, sex information she's shared with her kids.
We’re also in the middle of a series of fantastic educational Twitter chats with MomsRising about how to reduce the awkward around puberty/sex-related conversations with your kids. For the latest AMAZE videos, news, and great curated content related to sex ed, join us at the AMAZE Facebook page.