How and when to talk about sex to your children

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How and when to talk about sex to your children

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When should you talk to your child about sex? There is no magic age that you talk to your child about sex. Nine isn't the age. Ten isn't the age. Each child is different, and each child falls into different places on the maturity ladder. This is an important time for you and your partner to be watching your child and monitoring where they're at, and when you begin to see curiosity about this topic, you have to step into that breach and address it with them. My wife and I chose that she would talk to our daughter and I would speak to our sons, because we thought that speaking to someone of the same sex would be easier for them. And we would go somewhere private and talk about where babies come from and introduce the concept of sex to them. And more importantly, ask them about questions they have, because kids get some pretty crazy ideas about sex from their friends and those need to be dispelled. But more importantly, this initial conversation is not the end of the conversation. It should be the beginning. And you should leave this conversation as an open-ended one, one which you will occassionally revisit with them, and one that they will feel comfortable ultimately coming back and revisiting with you.

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Timothy J. Wheeler, the managing partner of the law firm Greene, Broillet & Wheeler LLP.  He has extensive trial experience in a variety of areas including product liability, general negligence and auto product liability. Tim was named the Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability by Best Lawyers in America for 2013. He was a three-time finalist for the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), for his outstanding trial record and involvement and commitment to consumer rights. Tim is a graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (J.D., 1978), Tim attended Santa Clara University (BS, cum laude, Political Science, 1975), and was a recipient of the Jesuit Scholarship. While at Loyola High School, Tim's excellence in all areas of student life was recognized by the faculty, which bestowed upon him The Loyola Award. Tim and his wife Nancy reside in Manhattan Beach,  have been married for 37 years and have four adult children, Matt, Tim, Danny, and Mary and two grandchildren, Lily and Grace. 

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