October is National Family Sex Education month, and besides this awesome contest where you can win prizes, we are also hosting events in our stores.
This weekend in Seattle we are hosting the Sex Positive Parenting Series put on by Nekole Shapiro, the founder of TantricBirth, and Allena Gabosch the director of the Center for Sex Positive Culture. The discussion is open, so any topic regarding talking to your kids about sex or creating a sex positive environment for your kids to grow up in, is on the table. Read the full post »
At dinner the other night I had a very interesting conversation with a father of two children and a man who was raised by a single mother. The dad asked for opinions about how to raise his children so that they feel self confident and capable without enabling them or telling them to conform. The other guy at the table mentioned that his mother was always very good about answering questions without judgment and did not worry about what others thought. I mentioned that it is often difficult because I want to instill some specific attributes in my child and often have to give the disclaimer of, “this is something that is probably not school appropriate” or “Just because your friends think that its cool doesn’t mean that it is OK.” I am left feeling like I am then adding shame to the open dialogue that I am trying to have with him.
As the conversation continued we all agreed that having open and honest communication with the child being spoken to is key. If a child asks a question then answering in a clear and succinct way shows the child that you are someone that they can trust and who will answer there questions without judgment. Read the full post »