With many schools temporarily shuttered, teens are spending even more time online than they used to. They’re doing schoolwork digitally, connecting with friends using apps…and they may also be watching more sexually stimulating material. If that makes you kinda shriek inside…well, that’s understandable. Your teen using porn isn’t a comfortable idea, and it might not […]
TalkStarter for Teens: What Counts as “Having Sex”?
When we talk about having sex, what, exactly, are we talking about? On one level, this may seem obvious. Most often we mean sexual intercourse: penis-in-vagina (PIV) sex. But if you stop to think about it, isn’t there a lot more to people’s sexual experiences? Is PIV the only thing that counts as sex? This […]
TalkStarter for Kids: When a Pet Has a Litter
There’s a reason videos of puppies and kittens get so much traction on social media: We’re just drawn to them, to their cuteness and antics and smallness. In real life, kittens and puppies are even more appealing. Kids may like small animals even more than adults do, being small and active themselves. Kids, like adults, […]
Please, LinkedIn, Don’t Block My Posts
The other day I was chatting with a friend I don’t see often but with whom I’m friends on LinkedIn. He said something about it being lucky his company’s filters didn’t block my “uh…interesting posts.” He meant, of course, what I write about sexuality and especially the importance of talking about intimacy and sexual health […]
The 3 Most Important Things to Tell Kids about Puberty
If your kid is in late elementary school, you may be thinking you should talk about puberty one of these days. But…maybe not just yet, because…well, awkward! And where do you start? No worries. Although puberty is a complicated process physically and emotionally, the essential things you need to tell your child are pretty easy. […]
When You Want to Make Love (Not Just Have Sex)
“Making love” used to be a euphemism for having sex, back when people tried to avoiding saying “sex” (unless they were referring to gender). Now, we talk about sex in so many ways that “making love” sounds sort of quaint. But it’s quaint in a good way—like building a wood fire or playing a board […]
My Toddler Touches…Down There. Should I Worry?
It’s one of those things that isn’t in the parenting manual. You’re going along in an ordinary day, juggling naptimes and sippy cups…and out of the corner of your eye, you see your toddler rubbing their privates. Yikes! Now your heart is pounding and your head is spinning. OMG! Is that really what’s happening?! But […]
Should Busy Couples Schedule Sex?
Your lives are super-busy. What with jobs, taking care of the kids, dealing with the house, and just daily life, you hardly get any time alone with your partner. Even when you do, one or both of you may be so wiped out that sex just isn’t happening. That’s the reality…but it rots. You aren’t […]
What Good Guys Need to Know about Consent
There’s been a lot in the news about sexual predators like Jeffrey Epstein taking advantage of many, many girls. You may also have heard that a fairly small percentage of college men are responsible for a disproportionate percentage of campus sexual assaults. It’s relatively few people (almost all of them male) make a habit, even […]
The Smart Way to Protect Kids’ Innocence
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 […]
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