How to Talk to Your Child about Love and Sexuality

Reading material

Finnish manuscript due in summer 2018
English synopses & first chapters

Original title: Kuumat tunteet ja keho – läheisyyden taitoja suomalaiseen tapaan

Published: 2018

Publisher: N/A

Class/genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: N/A

Can my kids have a crush or fall in love? Is it normal and safe? Curiosity, playfulness, and sensitivity are all parts of sexual development. Expressing emotions and appreciating your body and experiences are a basis for good health and self-esteem. Respect in relationships, trust, love, and enjoyment are skills that can be supported from early on.

The book provides easy keys to guide children on their path towards intimacy and happiness. It features a comprehensive step-by-step model for a child’s development based on years of experience and research.

Raisa Cacciatore & Erja Korteniemi-Poikela

RAISA CACCIATORE is a mother of two, MD., child psychiatrist, adolescent health specialist and non-fiction author. She is specialized in and has written a lot about sex education and aggression management. Many remember her as the agony aunt of the teen magazine Demi, and her health education books have been used in school curricula.

She has worked as a special physician in the Parenthood department at the Family Federation of Finland since 1998, and is preparing her dissertation in Helsinki University about Supporting and protecting sexuality in children aged 4-6 years. Raisa has been also working with high quality, age- and development adjusted sexuality education and aggression management models for over 30 years, both in Finland and internationally. She has published approx. 100 guides, books and web-models for babies, children, adolescents, adults, parents, couples and professionals in social work, health care and education.

ERJA KORTENIEMI-POIKELA is a midwife, healthcare professional and non-fiction author, who has published several books on sex education and self-esteem.

The duo’s previous collaborations include several books for adolescents, parents and professionals alike.


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