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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Whether your teen is anxiously awaiting their departure to a tropical paradise or snow covered peaks, you may be equally anxious about their health and safety on their trip. Find the time for a bon voyage conversation that shares your love and concern, along with practical advice. To help you make the best use of the limited time your child is likely to share with you, I’ve prepared things a sex-wise parent might have on […]
As a parent, you’ve probably heard enough stories about child abuse in sports teams and youth organizations to make your head spin. A study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics offers both good news and cause for some concern when it comes to the rate of abuse in these groups. This good news is that this study, whose authors are among the most respected names in child abuse research, finds sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations […]
Parents are in the final throes of preparing for Halloween, buying candy, decorating their houses and in too many families fighting over costumes that make a parent cringe. Whether the costume makes a politically-incorrect statement or projects an image you can’t stomach (Miley twerking, anyone?) Halloween can present some important teaching moments. Even if you ultimately ban the costume with a strong “because I said so” you can get a few points across during the […]
Consent for sex is in the news these days – from Bill Cosby’s acknowledgement to using drugs which removed partners’ capability to consent, to proposed mutual consent state laws and campus policies — there is a lot of buzz on this topic and that’s a good thing. The buzz is turning into initiatives on college campuses and elsewhere to require clear and provable mutual consent before sex, but that solution brings with it another […]
The Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center hosted me for a full day of training for professionals from law enforcement, child protection, education, counseling and more! We even enjoyed a visit from the local chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse! We covered everything from psychosexual development of children to characteristics of high functioning teams. Sadly, the newly sex-wise parents who came to the event were all professionals who came to to improve their job skills; the […]
If you’ve ever felt like child abuse, child sexual abuse, and sexual assault were such HUGE and overwhelming problems that one person could never have an impact, now is the time to get over that misconception. For more than two decades, April has been designated child abuse prevention month and it is now also designated as and sexual assault awareness month. Tens of thousands of people will focus on these issues in April; if you choose […]
Love it or hate it, a movie glorifying some of the darker sides of sexual behaviors between consenting adults is coming to a theater near you. What’s near you is near your kids, so get ready to take advantage of this teachable moment. If you don’t know the theme of this best-selling trilogy, Mr. Grey is psychologically damaged from an abusive childhood and finds relief in sadomasochistic practices. He meets sexually inexperienced Anna, they develop […]
For more than a century, developmental psychologists have been studying how and why children play. One of the most widely accepted schools of thought describes children progressing through three stages of play: solitary, or playing by themselves; parallel, or playing near other children but not necessarily with them; and group play, where the children are clearly interacting with each other. The speed at which children pass through these stages is highly variable, depending on such […]
I have a lot of great company in the world of professionals who encourage parents to speak with their kids about sex. Nonprofit organizations like Advocates for Youth offer support as does The American Academy of Pediatrics; even the US government recognizes the important role parents play in sexual health and safety! But many health care professionals focus almost exclusively on preventing problems, like teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections or sexual abuse. These are very […]
With hot weather now the exception rather than the rule, parents need to understand the effect the heat can have on kids. Some children wait all winter for an excuse to bare their skin in clothes that are more suitable for a dance club than school. Let the battles begin? Not necessarily. For parents, a good place to start is determine your child’s school’s policy on dress code and how is it enforced. The rules […]
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