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Date:12/7/2009

>Take the lead. "Don't expect your child to come and ask an important question about a topic that they're embarrassed about or that they don't know their parents would be willing to talk to them about," Friedman said. "This will also help gauge how knowledgeable their teenager or child is."
  • After you've talked, "step back and ask your kids questions and pay attention to what they're interested in," Hilfer said.
  • Make sure your conversation is developmentally appropriate to the child, Biro said. Talking about fellatio with a 6-year-old is probably not appropriate. Talking about boys liking girls and handholding would be for kids 8 or 9 years or possibly even 6 years old. "If you haven't talked to your kids by the time they're 12, you need to get on the stick," said Hilfer.
  • More information

    Planned Parenthood has more on how to talk to kids about sex.



    SOURCES: Megan K. Beckett, Ph.D., social scientist, Rand Corp., Santa Monica, Calif.; Lawrence Friedman, M.D., professor and director, adolescent medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Frank Biro, M.D., director, division of adolescent medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital; Alan Hilfer, Ph.D., director, psychology, Maimonides Medical Center, New York City; January 2009 Pediatrics


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