When any kid begins dating, it can be a little weird for parents. It’s one of those unmistakable signs that your baby is growing up. Your child is going off into the world in a different way. They’re making strong emotional connections that have nothing to do with you. They may be (gulp!) doing sexual […]
For Parents of Teens and Preteens
I know, I know…it’s almost too weird to even think about. But you remember being a teen. You remember the sexual feelings that could be so strong, whether or not you acted on them. So if you’re the parent of a teen, you have an idea what’s going on for them, even if, you know, […]
It’s easy to think about all the ways your parents didn’t do a great job teaching you about sexuality: the facts they avoided telling you, the times they freaked out or got judgy, the conversations they shut down, the things you wish you’d known. But they probably didn’t get it all wrong. Likely they told […]
Tickling isn’t always a problem; it’s fine if everyone agrees to it. How to use tickling to teach kids about consent.
When children are super-little, it’s easy: G-rated movies only. But it doesn’t take long before kids want to see shows whose ratings say they’re for an older audience. When are they ready? That depends on two things: your child’s temperament and the reason for the movie’s rating. How Your Kid Is If your child is […]
It can be hard to talk about sexuality with kids. It’s even harder if you think you need to have all the answers. Good news! You don’t need to know everything in order to be a valuable resource to your kids. Rather than worrying much about information, pay attention to the emotional tone of how […]
Parents’ healthy sex life models affection, teaches that sex is private and good, and strengthens the couple relationship, which gives kids stability.
Sometimes it seems like everyone is having sex with lots of people they hardly know. That’s actually not the case; many people choose physical intimacy only when they feel emotionally intimate. Other people have sex casually and love it; others hook up and don’t really like it. One size does not fit all. The key […]
Think back to when you rode the school bus. Was it a calm situation where all the children were well-behaved and kind? Or was it something of a free-for-all, with rowdiness, teasing, and sometimes worse? Yup, that’s what I thought. Your kids’ bus ride is likely the least-supervised part of their school day. It’s also […]
If you’re a feminist, should you give up your career to care for your children? If you believe women are equal to men and should have equal rights and job opportunities…is it possible you could also want to be a full-time parent? Of course! What any of us wants doesn’t always fit into neat little […]