Parents left shocked by a children’s story book that explains how to have sex in detail have recalled the alternate ways they were taught about ‘the birds and the bees’.
The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made caused a stir this week when angry parents took to Facebook to slam Kmart, where it is sold on shelves for just $12.
The book, which describes sex as being like a ‘jigsaw puzzle’ where both parties get a ‘tingly, excited, very loving feeling’, saw some parents slam it as being ‘too graphic’.
But as part of a lengthy Facebook debate that ensued, some parents shared different ways to explain sexual intercourse to young children – while others even recalled the ways they had been told by their parents.
The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made (pictured), a children’s book that details sexual education, has divided parents
Parents left shocked by the detail of the children’s story book have shared tips on the alternate ways to teach kids about ‘the birds and the bees’ (Stock image)
‘Could be worse. My mum cracked open a pop up book for me followed by a very long awkward conversation… it didn’t work, I have two kids,’ one woman wrote.
‘No. My parents never told me anything like that and nothing bad happened to me. There are a billion of other useful things we should teach our children,’ another said.
‘My parents told me nothing and everything I know I learned from magazines and the like,’ recalled one commenter.
‘I purchased this book about a year ago, my now 12-year-old has read it and was a little traumatized by some of the images,’ one upset parent commented.
‘At least it’s not telling kids that two mums or two dads make babies. A step in the right direction at least,’ posted one man.
‘I got a maybe 70’s version of Everywoman. It had detailed sexual positions,’ another woman said.
‘By age 10 your child has already been exposed to their classmates views on sex,’ a parent commented
Aiming to make ‘sex-ed honest’, the picture story book by Fiona Katauskas has been sold in Kmart stores across Australia for a number of years.
A number of parent shared their own tips on how to educate children about sexual intercourse
But a photo of it on the lower shelves within reach of children angered some parents who called it ‘inappropriate’, while others defended it as simply being ‘fact’.
The book starts with ‘Sex and making a baby’, where it pictures a naked man and woman lying together, smiling and looking lustfully into each others eyes.
Giving a detailed explanation of the process that leads to an egg and sperm coming together, the book outlines foreplay without sugarcoating it for five-year-olds.
Moving on to detail the throws of passion, Ms Katauskas’ book includes a diagram of the man’s penis inside the woman’s vagina.
The detailed explanation divided parents on Facebook, with some criticising it as too explicit and others defending it as a necessary tool to educate children.
‘What is wrong with the world,’ one parent wrote.
The book by Fiona Katauskas describes sex as being like a ‘jigsaw puzzle’ that gives both parties a ‘tingly, excited, very loving feeling’
‘The man moves faster and faster until…’: The detailed explanation of the book left some parents shocked that it was aimed at children aged as young as five
‘Omg really? There is time for all this c**p, just let kids be kids they don’t need to know the finer details,’ said another.
‘Get a life people, you don’t have to buy the book and there is no chance of your kids picking it up in the shop to look at if they are properly supervised,’ a defended parent wrote.
‘Parents buy books like this for kids as a way of teaching them, if you don’t want to buy it, don’t buy it,’ another said.
‘Seriously this is inappropriate to be in a kids section,’ one comment said.
On her website Ms Katauskas says the idea behind the book came from her struggles to answer a question from her eldest son: ‘Where do babies come from?’
‘It turned out many of my friends had experienced the same frustration with finding a good sex ed book so I decided to have a go at writing one myself,’ Ms Katauskas said.
A recent Facebook debate about the book had parents divided, with some praising its honesty and others slamming it for being too graphic
‘Firstly, I wanted it to be straightforward and honest.
‘Secondly, I wanted it to include alternative but increasingly common methods of conception such as IVF, sperm and egg donation as well as different types of families and parents.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Kmart for comment about the book.