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January 27, 2005



Really, i think the key is communication. If you can talk about most everything, nothing will be uncomfortable when the time comes.

And though there is a fine line between being nosy and simply being interested about how your day went, in the long run, i think children will actually respond better to parents who express interest in the child's world.

of course, this is all 2nd hand eyewitness accounts from my experience as a child rather than as a parent since i have no kids to speak of. Yet.


I completely agree with you -- I actually see friends and relatives with that kind of open and honest relationship with their children. It makes sense; after all, if say a girl can't talk about her boyfriend with her parents, how is she going to discuss sex?


My parents never talked to me about sex either... but Mom would sometimes scold me about being "malandi" because I had guy friends and I liked sexy outfits...

I have yet to hear them thank me tho, that I had the sense to want a future too... and that I never put them thru what some parents slaving away for their children's education had to go thru... a pregnant teen...

So I guess, it's also imperative for parents not to just talk about what things to say NO to... but also what things to say YES to...

and commend them for little RIGHT things they've chosen for themselves...



I'm sure if your folks are anything like mine, then they would simply prefer we say no, no, NO to sex until marriage. And then even at that point, as they bug us for grandkids, they won't be thinking HOW we're supposed to make babies. They won't even want to think about it.

I'm sure if I were a mom, I'd empathize more. But then again, the thought of how they made ME makes me cringe. So maybe I do understand more than I think. :)

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