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PARENTING

BY MELANIE KNOPKE

‘THE TALK’: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KID ABOUT CHANGING BODIES AND SEXUALITY If you grew up in the ’80s, you will probably remember the book, “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.” Having a mom who never really sat down to give me “the talk,” this was my reference book for puberty. Looking back, it was a cute book that did cover some important topics. But it didn’t answer the big questions I had.

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I’m pretty sure my mom was hoping school would cover those tough questions. And they certainly did — but it was uncomfortable. Sitting there with your peers, giggling nervously as the teachers talked about sanitary napkins and body odor. After watching an awkward video, I was sent home with a pamphlet that only scratched the surface when it comes to all I needed to know about my body and sexuality. Most of what I learned came from girlfriends with older sisters! Today, we live in a society in which sexuality is everywhere. You can’t watch a Royals game on TV without a Viagra ad coming on. If that doesn’t spark a conversation with your curious kid, I don’t know what will! With our kids being exposed to so much through the media, we need to be better prepared to talk to our kids and at an earlier age. Enter: Coco McAtee (cocomcatee.com), a health professional and

SIMPLYkc Magazine March 2016  
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