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.
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 […]
No matter the age of your child, today is a terrific day to take one small step toward the quality of their eventual sex life. (Which, yes, someday they will actually have….) It’s World Sexual Health Day—so go for it! Here are some easy ways to get the birds and the bees convo started (or […]
The joys of summer: lakes, beaches, pools; swimsuits instead of jackets. It’s wonderful to embrace the freedom of being outside and feeling the air on your skin. But how much skin should a child show? As in, is it okay for kids to run around in the buff? At what age, if any, does this […]
So, I can’t believe I almost missed International Masturbation Month. But there’s still time for me to write this post—and for you to use the word in front of your kids.* It’s not as difficult as you might think! (*And, of course, there’s no deadline. This is just an easy way to bring up the […]