Merriconeag's Community Education Speaker Series

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The Talk


Sharon Maxwell, Ph.D.

Award-winning author of

The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear FROM YOU About Sex (Avery 2008)


Friday, October 1, 2010

7:00 PM

Merriconeag Waldorf School's Community Hall

57 Desert Road, Freeport, ME

Cost: $10

Internet chat rooms, sexting, boy/girl sleepovers, reality TV...our children are overwhelmed with information and stimulation by a culture that pushes them to be sexy before puberty begins. How can they make sense of it all if we don't provide an integrated framework for understanding sexuality?

In her presentation, Dr. Maxwell will offer a comprehensive and positive framework for understanding and teaching sexuality. She connects the dots between:

  • Reproduction
  • The social power that comes from looking sexy
  • Sexual desire
  • Intimacy and Love
  • The spiritual/moral aspects of sexuality

Educators, health professionals, and parents have used her innovative approach to prepare kids for a hypersexualized world and to lay the foundation for ethical sexual behavior that will guide our children from elementary school through college.

Dr. Maxwell is an award-winning author, educator and practicing clinical psychologist. Her work has been featured in Time Magazine, US News and World Report, Working Mother, The Boston Globe, on NPR, Oprah and Friends and Fox News. The Boston Parents Paper voted Dr. Maxwell a 2009 Family Advocate of the Year.

The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear FROM YOU About Sex


"This is an excellent book for parents on how to talk to their children about sex. Dr. Maxwell gives practical guidance on sharing values with their children. Her focus on teaching self-disipline and developing self-control is a refreshing counterpoint to a pop culture that says we should have it all right now. I highly recommend The Talk to every parent."

-- Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Media Center of the Judge Baker Children's Center

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