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How can you keep your children sexually safe and healthy?

How can you give them accurate, age-appropriate information about sex that will protect them from predators and help them to live healthy, loving, satisfying lives?

I wrote The Sex-Wise Parent because I want parents to feel empowered with knowledge and facts. There's a lot you can do—from preschool years through young adulthood.

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And I hope you'll come back to this site frequently for news and tips about sexual health and safety. We also welcome and address the questions faced by educators, policy, and law enforcement professionals committed to these concerns.

You'll also find updates about my appearances and workshops with parents and professionals across America discussing my book, The Sex Wise Parent. You can order a copy of the book online.

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Aug
29
2013

How’s the ‘sexual climate’ of your child’s school?

Clover, South Carolina, USA --- Flashing Lights and Sign on School Bus --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Most of us pay no attention to the weather unless something extraordinary happens — a horrible storm, or a gloriously sunny day in the middle of winter. Likewise, most people pay no attention to the sexual climate in the places they spend their time each day until something doesn’t feel right. Maybe the jokes are just a little bit too risqué, displays of affection are too intense, or questionable photos are hanging over a colleague’s […]

Aug
11
2013

A sex-wise parent’s view on how to prepare your child for back-to-school

While conducting focus groups for my book, The Sex-Wise Parent, the son of a minister shared how his parents prepared him for his first day of school.  I love the lessons from this story so much that I want to share it with parents everywhere. Tom and his family had just moved to a new town so his father could attend  to a new parish.   Tom was set to attend a school serving boys from […]

Jul
17
2013

Family Summer Safety Tips Part 2 –Restroom Safety!!

bathroom-monitor

Part 2 in my series for the Centre Daily Times, State College, PA   An important summer safety rule is to drink lots of liquids, but we all know what that means — bathroom breaks. When you’re traveling and nature calls you may not have time to be choosy but there’s always time to be careful, especially when traveling with children. The best option is to use the “family restroom.” A single stall with its own […]

Jul
15
2013

Family Summer Safety Tips: Part 1 ~ Discuss safety rules prior to family vacation

beach

The long-awaited vacation is almost here; you’ve spent months researching, planning and saving, and you can’t wait to have some well-deserved down time with your family. Spend a few more minutes planning for safety and improve the odds that the vacation will be everything you want it to be. Safety starts at check-in: Good desk clerks never announce a room number; they will hand you a key or card and point to the room number. […]

Jul
15
2013

A reply to a judge who thinks boys vctimized by women are “lucky”

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Myth or fact? Sexual abuse is less harmful to boys than girls. When we teach adults how to protect children from child sexual abuse, we start with “Learn the facts.” Here’s the first fact: The long term consequences for victims of child sexual abuse are nearly identical regardless of gender, according to a number of recent studies. Our societal perception frequently does not recognize this when it comes to women abusing boys. In this regard, […]

Jul
13
2013

Please stop saying child abuse “prevention” when describing detection and reporting

To the Editor: Pennsylvania has taken some important steps since the Sandusky tragedy came to light but many holes still exist in our safety net for children. One of the largest is the fact that people are still using the word ‘prevention’ of child sexual abuse when they really mean detection and reporting.   By the time there is something to report and detect, it’s too late for real prevention.    We don’t say we prevented a […]

May
28
2013

T-Ball and Sex-Wise Parenting? YES!

Little League Baseball Player

Summer means sports and baseball gloves are being oiled up in homes round the country.  Thoughts are turning to runs, hits, errors, uniforms, caps and spikes. And cups.   It’s standard practice for leagues to require boys to wear a hard protective cup over their genitals during practice and games.  One family I know had a golden teachable moment when their 5 year old wanted know why he had to wear a cup over his penis.  […]

May
7
2013

Changing Times~ prepare your child for the summer camp locker room!

headshot with book cover sexwise

While the world changes around us, some things are timeless. The exhilarating feeling of a sweaty body hitting cool water never changes; neither does the anxiety of changing into a swimsuit in front of other kids. Kids respond uniquely to the changing experience. Some kids could not care less; others find it terrifying. How will your child react? How can you help? What can influence  a child’s reaction? Age plays a big role. Pre-school and […]

Apr
21
2013

Plan a sexually safe and healthy summer for your kids!

kids at camp

The school year will end before you know it, and NOW is the time to make summer plans for kids.   Some parents look for a summer program that is educational; others look for a program that builds a special skill; many pick a program with hours that match parents work schedules.  Regardless of why a program is chosen, one thing should be certain: that the camp is run in a way to keep children safe. […]

Mar
26
2013

April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month, a good excuse to talk to your kids about sexuality!

Parents are the strongest influence on their children’s decisions about sex and sexuality, yet most parents underestimate their own power. A major national survey reported in 2010 that 46 percent of teens continue to say that parents most influence their decisions about sex, while just 20 percent say friends most influence their decisions. At the same time, parents overestimate the influence media and friends have on their children’s decisions about sex and underestimate their own. The same […]

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