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Welcome to the "Let’s Talk About" blog page. Below you will find links to full blog posts written by parents and other experts in the field of family communication about sex.

Advice from a Young Person on How to Talk to your Kids About Birth Control

By Olivia Sessions

Editor’s note: Sometimes, it’s all about perspectives. Essential Access intern, Olivia, offers her advice, as a young person, about how to effectively talk to your kids about birth control.

Boys And Body Image - A Growing Problem

By Helen Young

We tend to think about trouble with body image, and all of the psychological issues that come with it, as a girls' problem. It’s true that the majority of eating disorders and body image problems impact girls, but more and more boys are experiencing pressure to have a certain kind of body. As a result, boys are increasingly experiencing body-related anxiety.

Talking With Your Kids: How to "Re-Do" a Conversation Gone Wrong

Have you ever had a conversation with your child and wish you could have a "Re-do"? You can! Here’s how.

5 Things All Parents Should Know About Porn

Today, access to porn is simple—whether or not you seek it out. What is difficult is determining what kids need to know about porn, even before they are exposed to it. How do we communicate to children that pornography is not “real sex”?

Help Your Teen Be Prepared for the "First Time"

October is Let’s Talk Month,, so let’s get real. Let’s face it, there will be a first time. I know, I know! You don’t want to think about your child having sex, but it’s going to happen someday, and wouldn’t it be great if it happened well?

5 Tips For Talking To Your LGBTQ Child About Sexual Health

The issue of how to talk to our kids about sex can be a complicated one for everyone, for parents of queer youth, doing so can raise some additional issues. So, here are 5 things parents of LGBT teens can keep in mind when gearing up for the sex talk.

The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21

We believe parents can start educating children about consent and empowerment as early as 1 year old and continuing into the college years. It is our sincere hope that this education can help us raise empowered young adults who have empathy for others and a clear understanding of healthy consent.

Why You Should Talk About Sex With Your Kids Every. Single. Day.

These days, most parents understand that covertly placing a children’s book about reproduction on the end of the bed does not count as sex education, but we’re often confused about what is the right age to have The Talk with kids.

How To Talk To Young Kids About Gender

For a long time, my frame of reference for kid-appropriate discussions of gender has been the simple penis=boy/vulva=girl model from my own childhood. But I’ve been adamant about not wanting to teach that to my son.

8 Sex Positive Things You Can Say To Your Kids That Have Nothing To Do With Sex

As a parent, I am already doing my best to encourage sex positive attitudes in my children, even if they are too young to know what sex is.