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Puberty: A laundry list of changes worth talking about.

I just read a terrible article about puberty milestones. It bugged me so much that I’m not going to provide the link because I don’t want the site getting traffic on it. The topics of import that the writer chose to focus on included the all important shaving, deodorant, waxing (since hair removal wasn’t adequately … Continue Reading »

The Transition into Adolescence

I was walking home with my 9 year old last week and he shared an interesting perspective with me.  He said ‘when I think about 8 year olds, it feels like so much younger than me even though I’m only a year older.’ I mean, I know he’s brilliant and all but I thought that … Continue Reading »

I’m Touching My Vulva

An old roommate of mine, Kelly, ran a pre-school in our beautiful back yard in Santa Barbara, California through the 1990s.  She was an amazing educator.  Inclusive, creative, joyful and honest in her approach with kids. Preschoolers often ran barefoot and bare-chested in our yard among the chickens, cats and orange trees.  It was a … Continue Reading »

Aunties and Uncles can be Sex Educators too!

I recently had a conversation with a dad about raising his daughters to be sexually intelligent kids. He asked if there are some conversations that are better initiated by someone other than a parent when it comes to the oftentimes awkward sex talks. My answer is a resounding maybe. Here’s the thing: We all have … Continue Reading »

Back-to-School Realization: You’re the Sex Ed Teacher

If your household is anything like mine you’re scheduling after school activities (piano, swimming, karate, hockey with talk of parkour and circus too), buying new corduroy pants and backpacks, and recommitting yourself to meal planning and healthier more diverse dinners. If you’re a bit like me, ‘back-to-school’ time provides one more opportunity to think about … Continue Reading »

Sex talk on a Canoe Trip

In 1994 I was a tripper at an Ontario summer camp and led a canoe trip with six 14-year old girls and two of their 17-year old counsellors. I was 24 at the time. Since the mosquitos were on a feeding frenzy, one evening all nine of us squished into a 4-person tent to pass … Continue Reading »

Summertime in Vancouver? Check out The Science of Sexuality

Vancouver’s Telus World of Science has always been a great destination for my family.  Whether a place to let my pre-schoolers run and climb or a place for my elementary aged kids to explore, test, feel, watch live shows and learn through experience.  I heart Science World. When Science World announced that The Science of … Continue Reading »

Teaching Daughters about Pleasure

[This post was recently featured in Melissa Carr’s blog, The Thirties Grind] Pleasure is good, yes?  We can, I think, admit that experiencing pleasure in life is one of it’s great, um, pleasures.   For some, pleasure a great meal with fine wine and friends.  For others, yoga, a hot bath or a polar bear dip … Continue Reading »