There’s No Beating Around the Bush with this Children’s Sex Ed Picture Book

Screw the stork. You want to teach your kids how babies are made?

Show them this $12 no-BS picture book about baby-making.

If you dare…

The sex-education book, sold at Kmart, doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to sex education. But the book is raising quite a few eyebrows and confusing a lot of parents in the process.

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Is this the right way to teach sex ed to kids?

For only $12, The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made book makes sex education affordable and easy. Simply read the book with your kids and have all their sex education questions answered.

But it is also being criticised for being too honest and inappropriate, especially for the younger audience.

How Babies Are Made book – Too much for a five-year-old?

Designed for kids five years and up, the story takes us on a journey into the bedroom. The book includes a cute narrative with easy-to-understand text plus pictures, which makes it perfect for the younger audience.

But the graphic storyline may be more suited to pre-teens, especially the detailed diagram of mummy’s vagina and the entire “doing it” description.

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It literally lays it all out there. Dad lies on top of Mum. Penis gets hard. Vagina gets wet. Dad inserts penis into vagina “like a puzzle”. Penis “moves faster and faster” until sperm races to egg.

Yep. That’s pretty much how it works.

The crowning photo is also a little bit intense, even for me. And I’m in my 30s. And been through it. Twice.

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Honesty is the best policy

Author Fiona Katauskas explains that the idea for The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made book came after struggling to explain sex education to her own children. Her mission with the book was “to be straightforward and honest”.

She also includes additional methods of conception such as IVF, sperm and egg donation as well as different types of families and parents. The book also details the different delivery methods, including c-section and vaginal delivery.

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Child magazine writes, “If you’re looking for a book for children that’s accessible but honest, sex positive and inclusive, The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made is pretty much perfect.”

However, many mums aren’t quite so sure. As one reviewer puts it, “I’m confused. This book was pretty well done and the illustrations were sweet. But who is it even FOR? What age level? It starts off like it’s for a four-year-old but it runs through things at a pretty pre-teen level and I can’t figure it out.”

Nurse and sex education expert Cath Hakanson says that the graphic detail in the book may make parents uncomfortable.

“It is one I think you should have, but you need to make sure first of all that you’re REALLY comfortable talking about sex because it does go into the nitty-gritty of the act, probably in a lot more detail than any other book I’ve read,” she says, in her review.

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Yes, it’s good to be honest and upfront when it comes to sex education. But how much nitty-gritty detail should we share with children? What do you think – is this book too much or just the right amount of sex education for kids? 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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