The Reverend Debra W. Haffner explores "How to Talk to Your Children From Birth to Adolescence About Sexuality Issues." Rev. Haffner will touch on Values Exercises to help you identify and communicate your beliefs to your children, Special Issues to advise you on discussing difficult topics, and Teachable Moments to help you recognize opportunities or entry points into a discussion of important issues.
The Reverend Debra W. Haffner is Co-founder and President of Religious Institute, Inc. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she is also the endorsed community minister with the Unitarian Church in Westport, CT. Rev. Haffner was the chief executive officer of SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, from 1988 through May 2000. During her tenure at SIECUS, she created the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing; the National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education; the Commission on Adolescent Sexual Health; and the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Kindergarten - Grade Twelve.
She is the author of several guides for congregations on sexuality, as well as two award-winning books for parents: "From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children" and "Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens." Her most recent book is "What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know: Facing Today's Challenges with Wisdom and Heart."
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