Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Why “Yes Means Yes?”

Teaching our children and adolescents to be thoughtful about consent and mutuality in all of their physical relationships can only provide them with effective skills for sexual behaviors later in life. We want kids to know how to ask for consent and how to give or withhold consent in a clear way.

October 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Teaching Kids About Consent: Yes means yes

Last week I taught a series of classes on Helping Children Thrive at ACU’s Summit. As we talked about thriving, we moved into a conversation about sexual self-efficacy. When someone … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Talking with Kids about Sexuality: Toddlers

One question that comes up a lot on my Facebook page is how parents can begin to address the topic of sexuality early in their child’s life. If we’re not … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Talking with Kids about Sex and Sexuality

As a school psychologist, I understand the importance of talking with children about their developing sexuality. As the mom of three kids, I also understand how awkward and confusing it … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

Healthy Sexuality and Children

How To Model Healthy Sexuality for Our Daughters : Ms Magazine Blog. In the article linked above, Joyce McFadden, psychoanalyst and author of Your Daughter’s Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women, shares … Continue reading

July 8, 2011 · Leave a comment
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