There's No Place Like Home ... for Sex Education Print

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Also available in Spanish: No hay lugar como el hogar … para la educación sexual

Dear Parent,

The changes in sexual attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyles that have taken place in our society present today's parents—and children—with some of the most complex issues they will ever confront.

The importance of sexuality education has never been greater. Today, more than ever, parents, schools and communities seek ways to work in partnership to provide that education.

Experience tells us that most parents want to talk openly with their children about sexuality, yet often feel ill-prepared to do so. When to start? What to say? How to best express the family values you want so much to share with your children? These are but a few of the issues surrounding family communication about sexuality.

Frequently parents look to schools, religious groups and community organizations for assistance—seeking information, skills, encouragement, support. There's No Place Like Home … for Sex Education is designed to offer just that.

There's No Place Like Home … consists of reproducible parent newsletters to assist you in your unique role as the primary sexuality educator of your child. Five newsletters are available for every age/grade level, pre-school through grade twelve. Each issue contains relevant, age-specific sexuality information, useful strategies, communication hints, and suggested resources to support you in your efforts. You are welcomed and encouraged to photocopy this material for your use.

Age Group

3 Years

4 Years

5 Years

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Family-based sex education can:

  • Allow for the sharing of family values.

  • Provide accurate information to children.

  • Build effective decision-making skills.

  • Counteract negative and exploitive sexual messages in the media.

Our commitment to children and families leads us to join in partnership with you in pursuit of these important goals. To that end, we are pleased to offer you this valuable parent resource.


© 2003. Authored by Mary Gossart. Spanish translation by Bojana Stefanovska. Reprinted with permission of Planned Parenthood Health Services of Southwestern Oregon, 1670 High Street, Eugene, Oregon 97401. Web site:

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