Guest Speaker


Anya speaks to parent groups and at conferences on a variety of topics, including:

  • how to answer kids’ questions about sex and sexuality
  • age-appropriate conversations
  • how to talk with kids about where babies come from
  • how parents can talk with their kids about media messages and pornography
  • preventing sexual abuse and sexual assault
  • teaching kids about boundaries and consent

''Your calm assurance left me feeling calmer and more capable.''

I want to thank you for your presentation for the —Mothers Club. I am so grateful for the information you provided and the way in which you gave it.

So often, presenters of such difficult topics take a dramatic tone in an effort to call attention or importance to their words. For me, that style has an almost opposite effect. Your calm assurance left me feeling calmer and more capable. From my perspective, your calmness also helped keep the anxiety and worry where it belongs, with the parents, rather than taking it upon yourself to worry for them or attempt to chastise or blame.

It doubly impacted me because I was finishing reading the book “ScreamFree Parenting,” which should really be called “Living a Connected and Respectful Life.” So much of what you said mirrored the words and ideas in that book. Between that book and your workshop, I feel very different as a parent and a person. I feel like I’m on the verge of something great, something so different from the way I was raised. Already things are changing for the better. Sincerest Thanks

Workshop Participant


Anya organizes her own webinars and gives tailored presentations for school and parent groups.

Anya Manes - Talking About Sex - San Francisco CA

''Anya facilitated a very rich discussion!''

I found Anya’s workshop extremely helpful. It created a space to think about important and sometimes abstract concepts, such as comfort and boundaries, in a concrete and tangible way. I feel that I can provide clear examples and define comfort and boundaries in a manner that my children will grasp. Anya facilitated a very rich discussion and provided strategies for assisting adolescents and children to verbalize their boundaries.

Beatriz Reyes
Workshop Participant

The Interview Series

Anya Manes - Talking About Sex - San Francisco CA

The Talking To Kids About Sex Interview Series is an annual event in which Anya interviews experts on talking to kids about all aspects of sexuality.

The series is free and open to the public during the event. The recordings are available to purchase and download for personal or educational use. Topics include:

  • preventing and parenting sexual abuse
  • parenting normal child sexual behavior
  • answering questions and age-appropriate conversations
  • teaching kids healthy boundaries and consent
  • parenting cybersexuality: porn, sexting, and social media
  • parenting sexual identity: gender identity, sexual orientation, nonmonogamy
  • and more!

''Some very concrete things I hadn’t considered yet...''

Thank you for the great workshop! I really got more out of it than I had hoped. 

You did a great job tailoring the talk to the audience…I definitely feel I have the schedule of what could and should be said when and this was my biggest hope for the session. My best take aways are your handout and the pretty comprehensive notes I was able to make in our short hour.

The specific talking points or examples were great too. Some very concrete things I hadn’t considered yet like discussing pornography, or that as a parent I could simply say “I don’t want you to watch pornography or have sex now as those are activities for adults” were helpful. I liked being able to flip through the books quickly but the recommended list will give me more time to consider the options. Thanks again for providing the session and resources!

Lorre Mason
Workshop Participant