Buzz on the Birds and Bees

“I’m a great believer in the Edwardian house-party approach,” said Judith Martin, a k a Miss Manners. “Back then, people would have large parties and invite the lovers of their guests. They’d put these guests in separate bedrooms. And then stay out of the hallway. Parents should put the boyfriend or girlfriend into the guest room. And then go into their own room.” That’s a great takeaway from an article titled “Sex in a...

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Commonsensemedia.org posted a very useful article for parents on Huffington Post today. The article breaks down the social media apps that are attracting most adolescents and teens, with pros and cons parents can discuss with their children. You may hate social media, or be confounded by it, but it’s important to know what’s going on and the ways your children can benefit from it or be endangered by it. Take the time to...

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When I was a kid, I was in Camp Fire and spent many happy years learning skills in camping, outdoor cooking, knot tying, crafts, and group projects.  Two of my now-adult daughters were in  Girl Scouts for a few years, while their older sister enjoyed Model United Nations throughout high school and college. No one asked about their sexual orientation, and we never inquired about their adult leaders’ sexual orientation. These...

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Adults know babies aren’t delivered by storks, but children believe all sorts of equally silly stories unless given accurate information. A lovely new book by Cory Silverberg ensures that kids learn the truth about how babies come into being — all sorts of babies. What Makes a Baby is a delightfully illustrated book that covers biological conception by male-female couples, conception by same-sex couples and singles, and...

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Eight-year-old girls have big dreams about becoming leaders in the world; indeed, 44% of girls plan to lead. By the time they are adults, women hold only 18% of leadership positions in the US. Why? Mostly because the media messages they get tell them they should focus on other things, like being thin, wearing the right clothes and makeup, and generally doing anything except become capable of running anything other than a dash to a...

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Teaching about Temptation


Posted By on Mar 7, 2012

How are lessons about teen smoking akin to lessons about teen sex?  Both relate  to temptation, peer pressure, self-esteem, and boundaries. A friend of mine recently commented that the only explanation she could give her young son about teen smoking is that “sometimes teens do stupid things.”  While many parents have used that line, there is a more helpful answer that they could give: “You have the power to make...

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