Is Your Teenager Having Sex?

I just watched an episode of Parenthood in which the teenager revealed to her mother that she was having sex. I would like to think that the reaction of the mother was just a case of poor script writing. But then I had to question whether or not all or even any parents react this way. To sum the scene up quickly, Haddie is a senior in high school and in love with her very sweet boyfriend. When she told her mother (who already knew it was happening) her mother’s face was taken over by a look of shame, she stumbled on her words and finally said “I just have no idea what to say.” She then asked her daughter a few questions about being pressured and using protection. I wonder if the intent of the writers was to offer an example of how a mother might react. I think...

What Are Your Kids Learning About Love, Dating and Relationships?

I remember having a group of friends over one night when my parents were out for the evening. We found some porn videos in my parent’s night stand, an old bottle of vodka in the bar and had ourselves a little party. We were smart enough to add water to the half empty vodka bottle and put those videos back exactly how they were found. Truth is my mom would not have cared all that much if we got caught! She was always opened to talking about sex at anytime! She was a bit on the wild side and everyone seemed to love that about her, including some of my boyfriends. My Flintstone vitamins turned into birth control pills the day I hit puberty, she answered any questions about sex without reservation and I pretty much knew all I needed to know before the experiences actually happened. Many parents are willing...