Dangerous silence: Why you need to talk to your kids about sex
By Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Deseret News
Published: Saturday, May 26 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT
Today's society is awash in depictions of sexuality, ranging from salacious magazines, ads and Internet sites to more-than-suggestive television shows and movies that glorify casual sex and promiscuity. Yet religious leaders say too many parents are still uncomfortable with the idea of talking to their children about sex and thus remain awkwardly silent.
“We (need to) prepare our kids so that when they leave (our) houses, they have a world view and critical skills to be able to decipher the messages that are coming out from culture today. But parents are overwhelmed and scared, (thinking) 'I just hope this isn't an issue,' and 'My kids will find their way somehow.' Would you ever do that with finances? Or homework? No. But we do it with sex all the time.”
Communication scholar Tim Muehlhoff
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