Children’s sexual development and behaviour – Pants aren’t rude (second edition)


By Pam Linke

This second edition of Pants aren’t rude has been updated due to popular request. It is about children’s sexuality that is part of everyone’s lives but often not talked about except with embarrassment or jokes. It is an important part of children’s lives and being open about their sexual development provides an important opportunity to help them learn about their bodies and how they work, think about the values they are learning to hold about themselves and others, and to develop confidence in who they are. Often children’s behaviour or questions take parents or educators by surprise and they are not sure how to respond or what is the best thing to say, or sometimes they may be unsure themselves. The book covers these topics in a context of overall sexual development and is a guide for parents, educators and other carers.



The book is about how children develop sexually and how they express this in behaviour and how we can provide a positive and helpful environment for their learning and development. It deals with suggested responses to children’s sexual behaviour, how to talk with children about sex, and what to do when the behaviour is of concern. Above all, it is about how adults who care for children can help them feel comfortable about who they are and build a strong and healthy foundation for future wellbeing and fulfilling relationships.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

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The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

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Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.5 cm



Paperback, e-version

Year published