Beyond the Big Talk by Debra W. Haffner
Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens, From Middle School to College

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As featured in Newsweek, Time, USA Today, and on Oprah, Dateline NBC, and 20/20, this leading sexuality educator now helps parents guide their children through the difficult adolescent years—from the author of From Diapers To Dating. Debra Haffner's new book, Beyond The Big Talk, picks up from where her first, award-winning book, From Diapers to Dating, left off. The latter covered communicating about sexuality to children from infancy to age 12; the new book helps parents deal with adolescents from middle school to college. Organized in sections by age—middle school (grades 7 and 8); early high school (grades 9 and 10); late high school (grades 11 and 12); and, ages 18-21 years old—Beyond The Big Talk delivers Haffner's values-oriented approach to raising sexually healthy teenagers in her highly praised, direct and informative style. She discusses the information appropriate for different ages, confronts such issues as peer pressure, dating and parties, alcohol and drugs, sexual harassment, abstinence, and much more. She believes that for the majority of teenagers, good parenting can make a difference, and, by following her advice, parents can increase the chances that their children will not become involved in sexual behavior they are not ready to handle. A supportive foreword by Haffner's teen-age daughter, Alyssa, gives a young person's perspective on the value of open communication between parent and child.

About Debra W. Haffner

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Debra W. Haffner has been a parenting educator for more than twenty-five years, regularly speaks to parent groups across the country, and appears frequently on national TV, including" CNN, Today", and "The O'Reilly Factor". She holds a Master's in Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister with the Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut.
Published July 1, 2001 by Newmarket Press. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Sexuality educator Haffner (From Diapers to Dating)—a mother of two with a master's in public health who directed the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. from 1988 to 2000—treats adolescent sexuality holistically.

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