No parent wants their child to grow up too quickly or be exposed to things they’re not emotionally equipped to handle. We want to give them room to be children without adult worries. It’s our job to protect them, physically and emotionally, while we help them grow up at a gentle pace. Wanting to protect […]
If you’re feeling awkward about telling your kids about the birds and the bees, or even talking with your partner about sex, let a little humor help you through. Think about children you’ve known over the years: your own, or a friend’s children, or kids you knew growing up. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever […]
If your kids are in school, chances are you’ll be invited to an open house this fall. I hope you’ll go, for many reasons—one of which is that it’s a great chance to learn what your kids will be learning about health and sexual health. You might think health ed isn’t as important as math […]
When kids are infants, privacy is nonexistent. Nursing babies spend a lot of time with mom’s bare breasts. You might keep an eye on little ones by bringing them into the bathroom when you pee or shower (I sure did). They may sleep in the same bedroom you do. We see our babies naked all […]
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 […]