1 Thing Every Mom Should Know About the Sex Talk

mom talking to teen daughterIt's the talk every parent dreads and every child fears. Or so we thought. As uncomfortable as you may be giving the sex talk, it turns out that kids actually want more advice from their parents about sex.

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Listen, we all know it's awkward. Frankly, for either party. Whether you're the parent who gently explains the birds and the bees, or you're the teen who cowers every time Mom days "when two people love each other," it's time to get it together and just do it.

Turns out, kids really do want to hear from you. As much as they may squirm in response.

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In a new study coming out of Britain, researchers found that between 1990 and 2012, more than 40 percent of kids got their sexual education from school lessons. Sure, it's easier to outsource this talk to the teachers, but it looks like that's not enough.

Only 7 percent of boys and 14 percent of girls reported parents as their number one source of sex ed. And that number needs to grow. More than 70 percent of research subjects admitted that they want more information about the emotional effects of sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and contraception.

And, believe it or not, they'd prefer to hear it from their parents. Just about 37 percent of boys and 46 percent of girls admitted that they would ask their parents about the subject. Hear that, Mom and Dad? They're telling you loud and clear: have the conversation.

They might cringe every time you say the word or use props (please don't use props), but they'll ultimately be very grateful. And finally educated.

Have you had "the talk" with your kids? How did they react?

 

 

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