Posts Tagged "talking about sex"

While perusing parenting sites recently, I found a blog post called “Let’s (Not) Talk about Sex,” and to my surprise, it made some good points. The author said that her 9-year-old son would break down in tears when the subject of sex came up. After he heard the word condom on TV and asked what it meant, the answer nearly put him over the edge. His parents were at their wits’ ends trying to figure out why the boy was so terrified of...

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One of the physicians who participated in my doctoral research study on patient sexuality education said there was never a reason to discuss sexuality with his patients. He is an anesthesiologist. If his duties are limited to putting people to sleep for surgery, he’s right. But many anesthesiologists also treat patients with chronic pain, and these patients’ sexual desire and activity should be discussed. Sex is good for...

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Talk with your kids, but please turn the TV off first. Researchers at the University of Washington Medical School equipped 300 children, ages 2 to 48 months, with tape recorders that soaked up everything the children heard and said during the day. The recorders were worn one day per month for up to two years. Each hour a TV was on, children heard 770 fewer words from an adult (a 7% decrease), and they spoke less themselves, according...

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This season, I got addicted to “The Real Housewives of New York City,” which is reality show on Bravo. I got caught up in the mystery of how people who seem to have it all can lack kindness, gratitude, sincerity and joy…but I digress. In the final episode, Jill sits down with her daughter Ally, who will begin college soon.  Ally laughs nervously as Jill, looking equally ill-at-ease, says it’s time for...

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