Puberty Questions Answered With “101 Questions… Book”


 101 Questions Kids Really Ask…And The Answers They Need To Know Is NOW    AVAILABLE! Check our special promotion for a limited time only at  For the next few weeks I will be blogging about this newly released book and sharing with you some of the questions kids really ask as well as the types of resources contained in the book.

 This week I will begin with “Why I wrote this book” as well as including an overview of the  contents of the book. During the following three weeks, I will be sharing actual questions kids ask on a variety of the topics and the answers I provided.

  WHY I WROTE THIS… 101 Questions Kids Really Ask…

Research supports that children want to discuss sensitive issues with their parents and caring  adults. Traditionally, however, parents, teachers, and other caring adults have had difficulty addressing with children the “tough” issues related to growth and development and our human sexuality. Since 1992, as I worked to develop a universally acceptable model for doing that among all ethnic, cultural and religious groups, I found that all children have the same basic age-appropriate questions. As Jemeille Ackourey, MC, National Certified Counselor, says, “As parents, caretakers, counselors, teachers and mentors, we have a responsibility to listen to and provide children with as many answers as they have questions.” Therein lays the problem! Many adults want to provide the answers but fail to do so for a myriad of reasons: They don’t know what to say or how to say it, they are afraid of providing too much or too little information, they want to pretend their child doesn’t need the information just to mention a few.

“101 Questions…” is a compilation of the questions most often asked to me by children we are now commonly referring to as “tweens”. I am grateful to the very thoughtful reflections of children attending my workshops who have been brave enough to articulate these questions so that many other children will have the opportunity to receive these healthy and accurate answers.

Research also supports the fact that the best dissemination of this information occurs when the answers children hear are reinforced both at home, at school and within the child’s peer group. The primary goal of 101 Questions… and the companion DVD series, A Time To Talk, is that children will learn to respect their own body and the bodies of others.

OVERVIEW OF THE CONTENTS OF THE BOOK:   “101 Questions Kids Really Ask …And The Answers They Need To Know

The questions covered are divided into the following categories:

On the Lighter Side: This first section is to gently introduce the questions children ask by focusing on ones that will make you smile and help you realize that sometimes a sense of humor is necessary to journey through children’s questions during puberty.

Kids Commonly Asked Questions About: Puberty, Boys, Girls, and Babies. All questions have been repeated over and over again by children, regardless of gender, race, socio-economic circumstances, urban and rural environments, sometimes as young as 5 or 6 or as old as 13 or 14: however, the majority of presentations have been conducted with 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

Resources you can use that are in the book:

Information about Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault: How to discuss these topics while instilling confidence rather than fear: Think of this section as verbal self-defense.

How to Answer Questions on Sensitive Issues Such As: French Kissing, Erections, Breasts, Intercourse, Masturbation, Birth Control, Abortion and Homosexuality.

How and Why To Discuss Sexuality with Your Child

Developmental Commonalities by Age Group

Quick Reference of both Physical and Emotional Changes of Boys and Girls.

Imagine the next generation and many generations to come, moving through adolescence with a holistic, healthy and respectful view of his/her own body and the bodies of those around them. With accurate information and fundamental respect, we CAN teach our children to grow into healthy adults in much the same way we might gently guide the branches of a tree to grow straight and toward the sun.

Mary Halter - Author and Developer of Healthy Edudynamics, A comprehensive health education program for homes, schools, churches and community organizations

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