One of the easiest, most effective ways to start talking about sex with young kids is to read a book with them. My favorite is “Where Did I Come From?” by Peter Mayle. It’s been around for a while—for good reason–and it’s suitable for ages 3 to 10. Its cartoony illustrations of a pudgy, anatomically […]
A lot of people I speak with say they’d like to feel more comfortable talking about sexuality with their partner or their kids, but don’t know how to start. So I’ll help! Part of what makes it hard is that we don’t do it very often. Sex is private and not a suitable topic in polite company. But there are plenty of things about sex and its meaning to us that are worth thinking about, and worth talking about.
Every couple of weeks, I’ll post a TalkStarter you can use to get conversations going with people important to you. Some are suitable for couples; some for you and any adults you’re close to; some for parents with kids of various ages. Hopefully the TalkStarters will give you food for thought and food for conversation.
How did you learn how babies are made? Were parents and other adults in your life helpful, or did you mostly learn from peers and other sources? Did your parents give you a book about procreation? Did they read it with you? Or let you read it, and offer to answer questions? Did you feel […]
The other day I was waiting in a checkout line by a large rack of magazines. I was struck by the fact that almost all of the female-oriented magazines had “sexy” and/or “hot” in large letters on the cover. “Sexy hair,” “sexy shoes,” “hot body,” “sexy abs,” “sexy moves”…. What does this say to women? […]