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Professor, researcher, and author John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D., teams up with parenting, child, and intimate relationship expert Sara Polanchek, Ed.D., to bring you the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast. Children do not come with instruction manuals, and this bi-weekly podcast tackles some of the biggest issues parents face, with humor and wit. Brought to you by The Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the National Parenting Education Network, this podcast pairs cutting edge research  and proven technique, to help make you a practically perfect parent.

 

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Mar 6, 2017

Let's Do The Sex Talk Again

Would you rather have your child learn about sex from Fergus, the unsupervised kid down the street . . . or from internet pornography . . . or from YOU? We hope you can see that the answer to that question is obvious. In this episode, Dr. Sara encourages you to become an “askable parent” and to get comfortable shouting out the words “vagina” and “penis,” instead of avoiding the topic. She also shares the clever line: If you’ve got a protective cover on your phone, you should have a condom on your penis. Although it’s important for parents to get comfortable talking about sex, comfort doesn’t happen automatically; at the very least, it takes courage, self-reflection, and practice. In the end, we share resources that might be of interest to parents who are more traditional or more progressive . . . and we wish you luck with this big parenting challenge.

This podcast is brought to you by the Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the National Parenting Education Network

 

Resources featured in this Episode:

 

  • What’s Happening to Me: A Guide to Puberty

          By: Peter Mayle

  • How to Talk to Your Child About Sex: It's Best to Start Early, but It's Never Too Late

          By: Linda & Richard Eyre

  • It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends

          By: Robie H. Harris

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