My 4 year old loves talking about his penis. Yes, we’re taking it there today. He’s never been shy when learning about all of his human parts, and with our potty training journey, he is all about the penis right now. Because of his new obsession, we’ve found ourselves talking sex with a 4 year old.
So, when I recently learned about AMAZE Jr, I was pumped. AMAZE was already a staple in our home because of our two oldest. I wanted to make sure our only girl wasn’t embarrassed when talking about basic sex questions, like “where do babies come from?”
I also wanted my oldest to be more comfortable talking about sex education, since this has been a struggle for him in the past (thanks to me and my hang-ups). Since AMAZE Jr. covers ages 4 to 9, our littlest and our only girl are perfect for ingesting this easy-to-watch and easy-to-understand series.
Have you not heard about AMAZE or AMAZE Jr.? Here’s your breakdown:
What is AMAZE jr.?
- amaze jr. is a new animated video series from AMAZE.org, a project from Advocates for Youth, Answer, and Youth Tech Health
- The series was designed in partnership with sex ed experts to provide age-appropriate sex ed resources to kids ages 4-9 and their parents, to help prepare parents for kids’ most common questions, like, Where do babies come from?
- Featuring two video playlists—one for parents and one for their kids—amaze jr. prepares parents to answer the tough questions their kids have and helps create an ongoing dialogue about everything from babies to bodies to gender to consent.
Why Focus On 4 to 9 Year Olds?
- Little kids have big questions, and it’s hard to know how to answer these questions in the moment.
- Giving age-appropriate answers better prepares kids for the changes they’ll experience, encourages greater body positivity, and creates a healthy ongoing dialogue between parents and children.
- Sexuality education experts recommend starting sex ed conversations much earlier than most schools provide it. In the Netherlands, Rutgers WPF partners with elementary schools to provide comprehensive sex ed to all primary school students starting at age 4.
- By making kids know the facts and feel good about their bodies, parents can help kids avoid confusion from schoolyard chatter, the internet, or television.
If you want to learn more about these resources, check out amaze jr.