Love, Joy and Courage – Steps Toward Sexual Maturity

Reading material

Finnish edition
English sample & synopsis

Original title: Rakkaus, ilo, rohkeus Seksuaalisuuden portaat

Published: 2019

Publisher: Minerva

Class/genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 200

Finnish parenting is world-famous! This eagerly awaited book explains how to talk to children about love and sexuality with warm empathy.

Can my kids have a crush or fall in love? What is normal development? Curiosity, playfulness, and sensitivity are all parts of sexual development. Expressing emotions and appreciating your body and experiences are bases for building good health and selfesteem. Respect in relationships, trust, love, and enjoyment are skills that can be supported from early on. This book provides easy keys to guiding children on their path towards well-being, intimacy and happiness. It features a comprehensive step-by-step model for a child’s development based on years of experience and research in Finland. All chapters include concrete exercises.

Raisa Cacciatore & Erja Korteniemi-Poikela


Raisa Cacciatore is a child psychiatrist, adolescent health specialist, medical advisor, and certified EMDR therapist. She proves training to professionals and to parents, and has written many textbooks and works of nonfiction, including Save the Boys. She is currently writing her dissertation on the topic of supporting children’s sexuality. Raisa has received lifetime achievement awards from the Finnish Cultural Foundation (2011) and the Association of Finnish Non-Fiction Writers (2016), as well as the State Award for Public Information (2017).

Erja Korteniemi-Poikela is a midwife, nurse, clinical sexologist, and nonfiction author. She has had a long career working with the sexual health of adults, children, and adolescents, and has co-authored several nonfiction books with Raisa Cacciatore. Erja was chosen Midwife Innovator of the Year in 2000, and in 2004, received the School Health Deed of the Year award from the Finnish Association of School and Student Health for her work on the Steps to Sexual Maturity learning materials published by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

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


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How to Turn Your Child’s Anger into an Asset

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Raisa Cacciatore & Erja Korteniemi-Poikela

How to Talk to Your Child about Love and Sexuality

2018, Non-Fiction