Where would you prefer your kids to learn about sex, from you or from Gossip Girl? Us, too.
Interview By Anna Nordberg
If you're praying for sixth-grade health class to spare you the dreaded sex-ed discussion, it's time to face reality. "I can't tell you how often parents say, 'I can't talk to my kids about sex; they still believe in Santa Claus!'" says Sharon Maxwell, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Canton, Massachusetts, and author of The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from You About Sex (Avery). "If your child is 8 and you think he's too young, get over it," adds Maxwell, who argues that pop culture-from video games to underwear ads-will quickly fill in the blanks if you don't.
Talking to my child about sex will traumatize her (not to mention me) for years to come.
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