Kids and Body Image

We saw this question from a Mom on Facebook and couldn’t wait to answer it:  “My son is overweight. Ever since his friends have made light-hearted fat jokes directed at him, he looks in the mirror every chance he gets. He doesn’t say anything, but by his expression, I can tell he’s feeling insecure and upset. What can … Read more…

How can you tell if it’s peer pressure?

I loved this question I got from a ten-year-old boy so much I wanted to answer it here. Q – How do you know if you are doing something out of peer pressure, or because you really want to? A – When we feel pressured to do something, we feel a heaviness or tension in … Read more…

How to START an awkward conversation with your child

“My child has never asked me anything about sex. How do I START the conversation with them?”  I get this question a lot from parents who haven’t said a word to their kids about how babies are made, and they are nervous to approach a topic they know will be met with resistance. The easiest … Read more…

Teach your daughter to stand up to inappropriate “Boy Talk”

I’ve hung out with enough boys to know that when you get a group together, they tend to evolve to the lowest common denominator and sex, poop and fart jokes seem to always be on the agenda. On their own they are sweet, upstanding men, but put them together and the bottom dwelling humor emerges … Read more…

Protecting kids from sexual abuse

When I first started teaching parents how to talk kids about sex, we discussed the difference between “playing doctor” and sexual abuse. Today’s kids spend so much more time in supervised, structured environments or glued to screens, that the problem of kids exploring their private parts with the neighbors, has reduced. With the recent reports … Read more…

How to explain upsetting situations to your child

A few days ago I learned that one of my daughter’s teachers had been arrested for distributing child pornography from his computer. This came as a huge shock. I had no idea he was involved in this type of behavior and it made me feel sick. My initial reaction was to not say anything to … Read more…