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Sex and the Super Bowl

Posted February 5th, 2013 by

“Where do babies come from?” That perfectly normal question from children has been striking fear in the hearts of some parents since our culture started allowing children to be seen AND heard. The question sometimes seems to come too soon (why are you thinking about that already?) and almost always at an inopportune moment (while [...]

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Boys Need Help with Body Image, Too

Posted January 14th, 2013 by

I vividly remember once overhearing my then-six-year-old son’s friend asking how he could get six-pack abs. I was shocked that these young boys were so concerned with their appearance and so aware of what the media was pushing as the ideal male body.  Of even more concern, a strong desire to look good leads boys [...]

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Dads Can Help Teens Make Better Decisions About Sex

Posted December 12th, 2012 by

These days, dads change diapers, help with homework, and fix dinner for the kids.  But there’s one area where their co-parenting duties are still often overlooked: talking with teens about sex and sexuality. As mothers, we know that parenting is not just our responsibility. Neither is talking with our children about sexuality.  Still, most research [...]

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Parents Want Sex Education in Schools

Posted October 31st, 2012 by

Last week I was watching the popular TV show The Middle, and parents Mike and Frankie Heck were struggling to remember if they’d ever spoken to their kids about sex.  “That’s what schools are for,” Frankie, the mom joked. Yikes!  The good news is, unlike in the show, 90 percent of parents have talked to [...]

Let’s Talk!

Posted October 11th, 2012 by

There are some universal truths about being a parent, and one of them is that when we try to talk with our teenagers, it can feel like we’re speaking in different languages.  This is especially true when we’re talking to them about sex. Recently, Planned Parenthood, Family Circle magazine, and the Center for Latino Adolescent [...]

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HPV Vaccine

Posted September 20th, 2012 by

If there were an easy way to prevent cancer, you’d predict that people would run in droves to take advantage of it.  That’s why people should be rushing to take advantage of the cancer-preventing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The HPV vaccine helps protect against the infection that can cause genital warts and cervical, anal, penis, [...]

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Pens and Computer? Check. Condoms and Birth Control?…

Posted August 24th, 2012 by

It’s that time of year when parents are busy with school shopping and taking our kids to the doctor for back-to-school checkups. If you have an older teen, you may want to consider adding one more task to your to-do list: talking about sex and contraception and helping him or her get the information and [...]

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In An Age of Instant Answers, What Kind of Information Are Our Kids Getting?

Posted August 10th, 2012 by

During my 20-plus years as a sex educator, I’ve heard a lot of misconceptions and outright bad information that teens pick up about sexuality and sexual behavior. The questions generally go something like this: Can I get pregnant from … pre-cum … oral sex … semen in a hot tub? Will birth control make me [...]

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It’s National HIV Awareness Month — Have You Talked to Your Kids?

Posted July 26th, 2012 by

When I was in college during the first years of the AIDS epidemic, I assumed that by the time I had a child, all kids would be taught about HIV in school.  In the past 20 years, lots of evidence shows how HIV education helps young people make healthy decisions including delaying sex and using [...]

Teens Need Guidance on Healthy Relationships

Posted July 16th, 2012 by

As the mother of a teen, I’ve approached that point in parenting where I’m compelled to spend much of the next several years concerned about the nature of my child’s relationships and when and whether they might involve sex.  I know I’m hardly alone in this worry since, as a sex educator, I’ve spent much [...]

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