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More than just 'The Talk'

Teaching our kids about sex
by Tracy Carter

There are few subjects that make parents’ palms sweat (and kids’ eyes roll) more than ‘That Subject’. (You know the one we mean? Nudge-nudge, wink-wink?) We’re so awkward about sex or ‘the birds & bees’ or ‘hanky-panky’ or ‘making whoopie’ … that it seems easier to tell our kids they were sweet surprises from the cabbage patch, or delightful deliveries from the stork, rather than give them the proper information.

But our kids need us to be honest with them. And we need to be brave enough to have these conversations – so our kids can hear the facts from us (before Jono or Bella in the playground give them misinformation that’s laughable or downright dangerous). So how do we do that? How do we survive these tricky chats with our dignity (and our kids’ eyeballs) intact?

Well, who better to turn to for advice than Saleema Noon – Canadian sexual-health educator and recent co-author (along with Meg Hickling, ‘body science’ instructor) of a new book: Talk Sex Today …

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