Tips for discussion with daughters about sex

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It's more important than ever that we be able to have life-long conversations with our girls about their changing bodies and their sexuality. It's never too young to start. As girls are learning language, we can help them learn accurate language for body parts; breasts, vagina, penis. Wanting them to use accurate language. Secondly, we want to make the distinction between puberty education, and sex education. Often times, parents may want to fold that all together and have just one talk. Think about ways of talking to your daughter about the changes her body will make at puberty. She will be much more ready for that conversation, then she is about sexuality; which come along later. Finally, know that this is part of a life-long conversation, if you're lucky. Be prepared to be uncomfortable at times; breath, hang in there, and keep talking.

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Melissa Johnson, PhD

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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