In the biggest plot twist of the century, a new study found that there's no correlation between getting the HPV shot and our daughters engaging in risky sexual behaviors — phew!
The human…papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world — can cause cervical cancer, which is the fourth most common cancer in women. In 2012, the virus killed 266,000 women, according to the World Health Organization. Luckily there's a vaccine for HPV. It's recommended for girls ages 9 to 14, has been available… >> Read More
At a glance, Big Mouth, the animated adult comedy, is not for children. The Netflix original doesn't go a few minutes without a penis joke and frequently shows nudity and drug use. Yet, there's a…case for letting your tweens watch the grotesquely hilarious show about puberty. Inspired and created by real life childhood Jewish best friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, Big Mouth follows a group of 13-year-olds going through the biggest changes in their life. Each protagonist has a "hormone monster" that helps them navigate their raging hormones and… >> Read More
Growing up, I was pretty lucky: I had some fairly solid sex education. I learned about puberty in middle school, and then I had health classes in high school. The sex ed I received covered topics…like where to get condoms, how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and how to say no to sex. This kind of approach would generally be called “comprehensive,” since it was designed to address the full range of issues related to sexuality. This is markedly different from “abstinence-only” education, which teaches that sex should… >> Read More
When I was growing up in the pre-Internet days, getting a peek at porn could be a lot of work. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and now any child with access to a screen also has access to porn.…And whether it is intentional or not, studies have found that a significant number of kids have seen some type of sexually explicit imagery by the time they are in middle school, and plenty more have encountered it even younger. Understandably, parents are concerned. They are concerned about the effects of porn on kids,… >> Read More
Generally speaking, I do not shy away from “tough” conversations with my girls. I think about how I learned about sex (in the fifth grade on the recess playground) and I cringe at my children…having the same confusing experience. Instead of skirting the issue, dodging questions, lying, or just saying “I don’t know,” I engage in tough conversations with my children, because it feels like the right thing to do. My honest dialogue will prepare them for the day someone grins at them with a salacious new piece of… >> Read More