“Our goal is that children everywhere will have the knowledge to make wise choices in the care of their bodies.”
Anatomy for Kids aims to empower your child by teaching them about the structure and function of their reproductive system. Our goal is for them to be confident as their body changes during puberty and beyond.
Dr. M founded Anatomy for Kids as a passion project she had dreamed about for many years. After retiring early from UCLA Medical School as a Professor of Anatomy, she spent endless hours with parents to understand their needs. Although her plan was to write one book for girls and one book for boys, she quickly learned that age-dependent books were needed. There were certain concepts parents wanted their 9-year old to understand and others that were beyond their maturity level. Dr. M wrote the content so that it is age-appropriate and your child can read it on their own.
No More One “Big Talk”
In the past, parents planned to give their child a single book that described everything about puberty and then have one “Big Talk” with them. Now, Dr. M wants to change that strategy to better fit the preferred learning style of today’s kids. She separated her original print books into smaller ebooks. There are six ebooks that prepare your child for puberty highlighted on the homepage of the website. Simply download the ebook and give it to your child to read. Each ebook covers a specific topic and they are all beautifully and accurately illustrated with anatomy illustrations.
Parent Resource Guide: 7-Minute Chats
We don’t want to leave parents out of the learning process and so in addition to the ebooks, Dr. M also created 7-Minute Chats. Each ebook has its own set of 7-Minute Chats. The 7-Minute Chats review the content of the ebook and offer additional questions for the parents to use to explore how much their child understood from the ebook. You might ask, “Why 7 Minutes?” The reason is that 7 minutes is about how much time you can hold their attention while talking about this personal topic.
Beyond Puberty Topics
After your child completes puberty at about 13-14 years old, there is still so much information for them to learn. There are additional ebooks that cover topics like how the puberty experience is different for the opposite sex, and more advanced information about topics like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Print Books on Amazon
If you prefer to offer your child a printed book, Dr. M’s printed books are available on Amazon. There are five age-appropriate books for girls and five books for boys. You can also find information about the print books on the Anatomy for Kids website.
Additional Resources: Blogs and Videos
A series of videos and blogs are also available for parents. As always, you can select the correct biological sex of your child, together with their age group, to explore a variety of topics Dr. M has selected for you.
Dr. Metten is also a mother and grandmother who understands the anxiety that you feel as you consider talking to your kids about puberty and sex. She believes she can help. Her print books and ebooks are written so that your kids can read them on their own. Her 7-minute chats, available on the website, accompany each ebook and help guide meaningful discussions with your child in the privacy of your home.