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Watching Reruns with your Kids is Great Sex Ed.

I write all the time about talking to kids about sex.  But the truth is, for many parents finding ways to broach the subject can feel super awkward and weird. Once you are IN the conversation, it goes swimmingly, but getting there can be tough.  Maybe you can’t find the right segue or you get … Continue Reading »

Camp Gyno

I love it.  I love it because it depicts a young woman excited to have her ‘red badge of courage’.  I love it because menstruation is a word uttered rather than couched behind ‘that time of the month’.  I love it because she says ‘vag’ and because it might compel us as parents to explain … Continue Reading »

Your almost pregnant teen

Your daughter just had a pregnancy scare.  She was freaked out but maybe not as much as you. What are you going to do about it now that she is comfortably on the couch, a pad with wings between her legs and the hot water bottle resting on her belly? While archaic responses like the … Continue Reading »

Private Time in the Loo: What are the rules in your house?

When my kids were toddlers, it was impossible to pee without them joining me in the bathroom.  They generally hung off a leg or insisted on sitting on my lap.  As that particular form of attachment lessened, I relished the 90 seconds of privacy I could grab. It was the ultimate experience of ‘me time’.  … Continue Reading »