Based on how many of you have told us about it, we know a bunch of you are big fans of What Makes a Baby, one of the newer kids books out that explain conception, gestation, and birth to the 3 to 8-year-old crowd. While this book is a good one, there are a whole bevy of books out there that explain the different ways families are formed and exist.
This is Offbeat Families's archive of sex posts.
What a concept — approaching self esteem by telling a child their darker selves are loved. Only in our culture is the primitive drive to propagate a species seen as dark and dirty. We MUST change that. Sex is not dirty or disgusting, it's amazing and should not be relegated to something we do in the dead of night when the house is asleep and the lights are off. Turn on the lights and make love at noon. Sex and pleasure are not desires that should be hidden, but valid feelings that when expressed appropriately, bring immense joy into your life.
At this point I was feeling pretty good about myself and the conversation. I felt I'd taken a stand for equal rights and promised to defend my daughters' reproductive rights. I was feeling much like a bona fide father of the year candidate when I was blind sided by the next question. "So, how do they get in there then?" she asked.
Honestly, bed-sharing with my snoring, hard-to-wake husband might inspire more resentment between us, more sleep-deprived fantasies of pillow smothering. I don't think sharing a bed would save a failing marriage, nor do I think separate beds would destroy a good one. But what do I know? I've only been married for 9 years.
We've all been there some time or other: you and your partner have been together for several years and things in the hay have begun to take the backseat to more "important" things like work, hobbies, hanging out with friends, cleaning the house etc. Maybe the relationship itself is great, with long conversations, cuddles and whatever floats your boats, but sex is something you save for Saturdays and New Year's Eve.
A year-and-a-half ago our then fifteen-year-old daughter told me she was bisexual. She asked if a girl she's experimented with can spend the night as a friend, but we're not sure how to answer her question.
Parents face a potential challenge that will likely rear its head sometime in the tween years: how do you talk to your kids about masturbation and sex without the conversation making everyone uncomfortable? Nicole from Moms Who Drink and Swear recently had to face the convo with her twelve-year-old head on, and here's how it went.
Finding out the sex is one of those favourite sources of conversation for pregnant women and all who know them long into early parenthood: "Will you find out/have you found out/did you find out the sex?" It's the earliest indication of the significance society places upon the gender distinction.