Teenagers and sex, two words that I have a hard time talking about, two words that I was NOT prepared to talk about with my eldest daughter. Those are also the two words that she wished I talked more freely about (she told me that). Amanda, my eighteen year old, told me that she wished I had talked openly to her about sex. Fail on my part. Seriously, I must have missed the parent manual handout at the hospital.
So with Megan, my thirteen year old, I’m taking a different approach… we’re talking sex, we’re talking cyber bulling and sex texts. We’re talking about loving our bodies and respecting ourselves. We’re talking about oral sex and contraception. And let me tell you, it’s NOT EASY! Maybe because my mom didn’t talk to me about it and everything I learned was from my friends, which was total bull.
Boys and girls are curious about each other’s bodies and if you think that your pre-teen doesn’t discuss in graphic detail what a blow job is then you are in for a huge slap in the face.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, THEY DO TALK ABOUT IT!!! They talk about it A LOT!
And it’s frightening.
When I was offered up a book to review called Start Talking I immediately said YES, because like I said, I’m not very good at having these talks. This book is playful, straight to the point and easy to read. It has opened up the lines of communication between my daughter and I and I’m thoroughly pleased with it.
Start Talking is geared towards moms and daughters, however, I think it would be beneficial to dads as well, especially single dads of daughters.
Y’all should check it out!
And get this… I have two copies to give away! They’d make a great gift to anyone that is desperately trying to understand their hormonal teenage daughter.
Leave me a comment if you’re interested in receiving a copy of Start Talking! Easy peasy huh?
Giveaway will end on November 26th.
Cross posted at http://manicmariah.blogspot.com
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