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  • Why you shouldn’t rely on anyone else to talk to your children… even in two-parent homes and a curriculum at school. Page 16
  • Discover how a healthy body image plays a role in self-respect and self-love… and how this affects your child’s treatment of others.  Page 85
  • “The Talk” is more than just identifying anatomical body parts and knowing what goes where… it includes emotional and relationship needs. Page 25
  • Find out why Google is not a good option for your child to find information on their own… but when planned properly, can be a useful tool. Page 141
  • How to effectively help your children recognize, identify, and most importantly, communicate what they are feeling. Page 47
  • Let your child know it's okay to have fantasies... and that they don't all have to be acted upon or fulfilled. Page 125
  • Why it’s so important to use the medical names for body parts when children are infants and toddlers. Page 54

REAL LIFE STORIES AND STUDIES… throughout the book.

  • How you can teach your child to set and exert HEALTHY BOUNDARIES that follow them into adulthood… and accept other people’s boundaries. Page 69
  • Find out what to share with your kids and at what age… because they don’t come with an instruction manual. Page 19
  • Teach your child how to recognize passive from active consent… because there’s a difference and they’re both important.  Page 78
  • How to differentiate between healthy touch like a comforting hug from unwanted, and inappropriate, advances. Page 106
  • You are the BEST resource for your children to model morals, personal motivations, and ethics. Page 34
  • Discover why fear-based education doesn’t work… often has the opposite effect… and how to ensure your children feel normal and validated. Page 147

… and much MUCH MORE!

"Impressively informative and 'real world practical' in scope, organization and presentation, "Read Me: A Parental Primer for "The Talk" is an ideal, effective, and thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction guide and manual for parent-child discussions about sex and human relationships appropriate to every age of childhood."

Midwest Book Review
August 2019

"“... Dr. Lanae presents a path for parents to follow her sage advice, resulting in smarter, healthier and sexually (and emotionally) sophisticated adults from homes that thrive in sexual openness, accurate information and holistic wellness. <...> I highly recommend this book as a necessary ingredient for raising happy, healthy children of all ages.”"

Patti Britton, PhD
Sexologist, Sexuality Educator, and Co-Founder of, the world’s premier sex coach training and certification program

"The author challenges readers to think about sex and relationships from multiple perspectives and is thoughtful in sharing anecdotes, research and specific suggestions. This really is a "train-the-trainer" approach and I'm certain that it will help parents at all stages reframe the way we approach "the talk". Sex can be an awkward topic and this text can help to increase your knowledge, comfort and confidence when it comes to talking (and listening) to your kids. "

Jessica O'Reilly
Sexologist, PhD

"As a Clinical Sexologist I am always in search of current materials to help parents, therapists and teachers develop a broader vocabulary for discussing our bodies, desires, relationships, intimacy and sex with kids of all ages. Having an honest and trusted adult who they can get up to date and non biased information from is critical. I love how Dr. St. John emphasizes this is always best if the parent can provide that for their children while developing a safe place to get their most difficult questions answered without judgment or shame. Dr. St. John provides a clear, step by step and age appropriate path for these conversations. [...]"

Nancy D. Sutton-Pierce
Clinical Sexologist

About the Author

Dr. Lanae St.John, aka The MamaSutra, is a board-certified sexologist, certified sex coach, and former human sexuality professor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of her private practice, her work has been featured in Cosmo, Forbes, CNN, Oprah Magazine, Livestrong, Popsugar and Women’s Health Magazine. For more, visit her website and follow her everywhere @themamasutra.

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