By Tina Schermer-Sellers Preschoolers, little ones ages 3 to 5, are the epitome of sensual and curious little creatures! During this time they develop a strong sense of themselves as a boy or a girl and what that means to the people around them. For the vast majority of children their body parts will match their sense of themselves as a boy or girl and be equally mirrored by those around them. But for a few this will feel confused. It is important to listen to your child and hear their experience of themselves. This is the age they will will want the names of ALL their body parts including their genitals. Use the correct terminology so your child can know all about their body. Each part, wonderful, unique and created as a gift with a special and unique purpose.
By Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers Being a parent is a humbling endurance event … every day. One minute it can be incredibly rewarding and the next incredibly frustrating. So often when my kids were little I felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants. Of all the areas of parenting that send our tails between our legs, I think teaching our kids about their bodies and sexuality is definitely one of the most challenging, uncomfortable and fear inducing. This is largely because 85-90% of people grow up in homes that are mostly silent around issues of sexuality. The deafening silence and loss for words gets passed from one offspring to
Please allow me a quick moment to introduce myself before we go much further. My name is Anne Marie Miller. I’m thirty-three years old. I’m newly married to a wonderful man named Tim. We don’t have any children yet, but we’re planning on it. For the purpose of this letter, you need to know I’m a recovering addict. Pornography was my drug of choice.