Take It From Me: So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood - Review

January 24, 2014

So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood - Review

"Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., and Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., internationally recognized experts in, respectively, early childhood development and the impact of the media on children and teens, offer parents essential, age-appropriate strategies to counter the assault. Filled with savvy suggestions, helpful sample dialogues, and poignant stories from families dealing with these issues, So Sexy So Soon provides parents with the information, skills, and confidence they need to discuss sensitive topics openly and effectively–so their kids can just be kids."
Raising kids in our media age can be difficult and confusing. Our children, from their earliest moments of comprehending the world around them, are being bombarded by messages about how they should look, dress and act in order to be socially acceptable.

Not only are many of the status quo's shown in magazines, TV shows and other media venues unrealistic, but they can also be harmful to your child's healthy development and self esteem. Inappropriate and seductive clothing is being made for younger and younger girls. Often girls grow up with the idea that the majority of their success is based on their sexual appeal.

Young boys learn to unhealthy ideas about how they should view females. They learn to view them as sexual objects rather than learning to have a respecting and loving relationship.

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. and Diane Levin, Ph.D., have written their book So Sexy So Soon, 'The New Sexualized Childhood' to help parents face these problems head on and with confidence. They believe that just saying no when children bring up sexual topics or act out in inappropriate ways is not the right answer. In their book they teach parents how to deal with different scenarios and questions right when they happen so that kids can grow up with a healthy self image and realistic interpretations of what they see in the media.
I was SO impressed by this book, as a new and inexperienced mom myself I know that dealing with these issues is just on the horizon for me so I found this book extremely insightful and relevant. Unfortunately in our society we will have to deal with certain questions and issues when our children are a lot younger than we like, but I think many parents (like me) feel unprepared and inadequate. This book helped me feel confidant that I can inspire healthy learning and growth in my child and face problems head on. 

Below I have included and interview with the authors of this book that gives some insight into why they wrote it and summarizes what their book teaches parents to do.

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Disclosure: I received complementary product/s to facilitate this post, I was not compensated.  All opinions are my own.

11 comments :

  1. I am always stunned by little girls wearing sexually provocative bathing suits and string bikinis... it just disgusts me, as a women i wouldn't wear something like that in public, and i wont allow my daughter to either!

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    1. Thanks for standing up for good morals. You would probably love this book it is such a great tool for all parents but especially ones with your mind set.

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  2. Sounds like a good book. I hope to teach my son to view girls and women as people, not sex objects.

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    1. I loved it! And good luck to you that is a very wonderful goal:)

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  3. It is getting so hard to shop for my daughter! I don't want her to look like a 13-year-old who's trying to look like a 20-year-old who's still dressed inappropriately! I'm very particular about the length of her skirts and the messages on her shirts. We have no "sassy" or "diva" or anything classless like that. (Sorry, that's just my particular opinion!) Thanks for the info on this book. I'm definitely going to check it out!

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    1. Good on you for being a proactive mom and not letting the world dictate how you should raise your children, you sound exactly like how my mom was and how I hope to be with my daughters. Good luck to you!

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  4. I'm going to look for this at the library. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hope you can get your hands on it, it is absolutely fantastic:)

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  5. Such a relevant topic. Nice to see someone write on this issue.

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  6. I've had this book on my radar for a few months. It's on my "to read" list. Like another commenter above, I don't like sayings that promote attitude but also those that promote commercialism. It's increasingly difficult to find clothes for my kindergartener that allow her to be a little girl. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg. She "strikes some poses" that are clearly picked up from more provocative dancing or videos...things I restrict her viewing of. I'm so glad that you found it gave you some tools. Looking forward to reading it!

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