Brenda and Dylan, Joey and Pacey, Kurt and Blaine. Talking to teens about sex can be challenging enough, and when they see their favorite characters experience this intimacy for the first time, it can raise questions parents might not be ready to answer.
Whether kids actually watch or not, you can be sure they'll hear exactly what happened through social networks, friends in the classroom, or media coverage. As much as we might want to shield our kids from these sensitive topics for as long as possible, sometimes media pushes our hand. Here's how you can be prepared:
Acknowledge that sex and sexuality are part of our culture: Our kids are growing up in a world where teen sex, homosexuality, birth control, and teen pregnancy are all a part of our culture. No longer hidden, these topics pop up every day in movies and TV shows, as well as in schools and politics. Helping kids navigate these tricky waters is part of our job as parents. As loud as the media voices canRead More »from "Doing It" on TV: Are You Ready for "The Talk"?