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Talking to Kids About Sex

How To Have The Sex Talk With LGBT Children

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Talking to a child about sex is tricky -- and often stressful -- for parents who want to strike a balance between being open, honest and tru...

Fifty Shades of Blush: Why Is It So Hard to Talk To Kids About Sex?

Deborah M. Roffman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Deborah M. Roffman

Psychologists tell us that denial is the mind's first defense mechanism against anxiety. So, what exactly, are we so afraid of? And, exactly what kind of harm do we fear?

How To Talk To Your Grocer About Sex

Kate Baer | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Kate Baer

"Oops, I forgot!" Waylon says, smacking himself on the forehead like a cartoon version of himself. "It's not SPRAY, Mommy said. It's called SPERM!"

The Love Issue: Talking to Kids about the Birds and the Bees

Amber Sabathia | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Amber Sabathia

As a mother, I've learned to never wait to be approached. Feel your child out by asking questions. Get the answers, and then see what stage your child is in.

The Awkward Truth About Having 'The Talk'

Suzanne Clores | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

Conscious parenting may sound like it's all apple cider vinegar and handmade socks, but facing good news and bad news with grace and mindful action doesn't always feel natural. In fact, parenting can get particularly awkward when it comes to addressing children's sexual behavior,

The Birds and the Bees, Before Sunrise

Allison Hart | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

"How did I get Daddy's genes for big feet if I was made inside of Mommy?" This conversation happened between my children, over my head as I "slept" the other morning at 6:15. At this point, I had to get involved.

I Believe In Talking To My Kids About Sex -- But This Pushed Me Over The Edge

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

I can't accept any longer that crude sexual language, gestures and jokes are merely a harmless manifestation of pubescent development. We can and must educate and empower girls -- and boys -- to stand up to the language and behavior they will inevitably encounter.

This Is What Sex-Positive Parenting Really Looks Like

Lea Grover | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Lea Grover

As parents, we lie all the time. About the Easter Bunny or Santa or the Tooth Fairy, about how long 10 minutes is, about whether or not we remembered they wanted to have grilled cheese for dinner again... We lie a lot. But one thing I never lie about is sex.

My 14-Year-Old Wants to Have Sex

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Help her make a choice she can later be proud of: one that reflects her understanding that sex is something very special and worth waiting for.

You're In Charge Of Your Body. I Still Get To Make Rules.

John Kinnear | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

Here's the problem with shirts and bumper stickers and sound bites. They boil everything down into a simple digestible message that, while catchy and convenient, is also easily misconstrued.

3 Reasons to Talk to Your Kids About 'Pleasure'

Vicki Hoefle | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Vicki Hoefle

While you squirm in your seat about how and when you're going to approach this topic as a family, here are three reasons to start talking to your kids about sex and pleasure right now.

LA Billboards Make This Mommy Want to Rip Her Eyes Out

Dani Klein Modisett | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Dani Klein Modisett

It's summer vacation, and I have two small boys in the car with me all day long now. Boys old enough to read and ask questions on an endless loop every time we leave the house: "What's a sex tape Mommy?," "Why is that lady in her underwear Mommy?"

6 Life Lessons I Learned From Talking About Sex With Our Son

Michelle Maldonado | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Michelle Maldonado

I asked him if there were anything he wanted to talk about. He immediately blurted out, "Yes, but I can't say it... It's, it's too disgusting.... It's too horrible. And, plus, I'm not even sure it's real. It may have all been just a big fat lie!"

Braving the Sex Talk(s)

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Logan Levkoff

Kids don't lose their innocence when they learn about sex; they lose their innocence when their first understanding of sex comes from pornography, a kid on the school bus or someone other than you.

When You Should Really Start Talking To Kids About Sex

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents

Every parent worries about those milestone conversations that will shape their kids' morals, manners and views on sex. Sometimes, it's difficult broac...

When The Boys Start To Call

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 11.28.2013 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I want to hide my beautiful blue-eyed, golden-haired daughter from the wandering eyes of the world. Instead, we practiced using the telephone today. We role-played conversations beforehand. Then she called him back.

5 Things to Tell Your Daughters Before They Go to College

GalTime | Posted 11.09.2013 | Fifty
GalTime

I have polled a number of college girls about the advice that they wish that they had gotten prior to their freshmen year at college. I agree with their ideas and I recommend that you share them with your daughter.

What I Want For My Daughter When It Comes To Sex

Ferrett Steinmetz | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Ferrett Steinmetz

I refuse to perpetuate, even through the plausible deniability of humor, the idea that the people my daughter is attracted to are my enemy.

'Mom, What's Gay?'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

I cannot tell you how many times in any given week I end up stuck between a grownup concept and a kid who wants an explanation that he can understand. How do you explain the difference between family love and romantic love to a kindergartener?

What Gender Doesn't Have to Do With Making Babies

Cory Silverberg | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Cory Silverberg

When I sat down to write What Makes a Baby, I didn't think gender would be the most controversial part. I thought that if anyone had a problem with the book it would be because I don't put a married heterosexual couple in the middle of the story. I should have known.

Science and Storytelling in Sex Education

Cory Silverberg | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Cory Silverberg

When we stop talking about sex education as this sliver of an experience and start talking about it as telling stories, we open up possibilities for everyone to play a part. Everyone can tell stories.

Asking the Wrong Questions About Sex Education

Cory Silverberg | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Cory Silverberg

If we want to actually focus on what's best for kids, we should stop talking about when we start sex education and start talking about what we say and how we say it.

The Word I Wasn't Ready To Hear My First Grader Say

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

After school one day a few months ago, Emma perched on the kitchen counter while I cooked dinner and chattered away. Then out of the blue she said, "Somebody said The Aff word at school today!"

Mommy, Please Define That Word You Wish I Hadn't Heard

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I tried to sound nonchalant. Stammering only raises those (cute) little antennae. But there is nothing quite so stressful as aiming for mellow.

Hello, Kitty

Devon Corneal | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I don't want my son to see the human body as embarrassing, salacious or dirty. Miraculous, yes. Mysterious, no.