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The Sex Drive, Week #10car
Ask your kids what they want to know about sex.

Congratulations, you have made it through The Sex Drive! Hopefully you and your kids have had some good conversations in the car. This week, check in with them to see what topics you may have missed.

Ask your 8-9 year old, “You’ve grown a lot lately; do you have any questions about how your body will change as you get even older?” "Are you worried about how it might feel?"

Ask your teen, “I know you get sex education in health class, but are there things you could use more information about?” "Are you hearing things from your friends that don't seem to make sense?"

Ask your older adolescent, "I didn't know what I didn't know before I moved away from home. What unanswered questions do you have about relationships or sex? I wish Grandma or Grandpa had given me a little more information."

When sixth graders were asked what they wanted to know about sex, they responded:
  • How come moms are so hard to talk to about sex?
  • What were their feelings during puberty?
  • Why are parents afraid something bad is going to happen to us girls every time we talk to boys?
  • Try to tell them ways of talking to us.
  • Just tell them that we are uncomfortable too and that the more we talk about it, the easier it gets.
  • Say that it is very important for them to talk to me about it.
  • Kids need to know a lot of stuff about sex because a lot of sixth graders are going to think the wrong stuff.

Every family & every child are different. What works for one, may not work for another. Pick a link or two from the list below for more specific information from a variety of sources. 
Article  Source
What Teens Really Want to Know about Sex  Al Vernacchio
Teen Sex  Parents, On-line Resources
Questions and Answers about Sex   Kids Health
Talking to Your Parents  I Wanna Know

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Previous Weeks of The Sex Drive
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9

May 6, 2016