Tips for having the tough talks with kids

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  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 27, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    Tip 1: Have the talk. Don't shy away, avoid, or be embarrassed. Have the talk, have them educated in school about it as well, and there you have it.

    Only thing to be embarrassed about is NOT having the nerve to discuss with your children.

  • Susan in VA Alexandria, VA
    June 25, 2012 5:37 a.m.

    I started talking to my daughter about where babies came from the day I brought her home from the hospital... "Babies come from love" and added a little at a time through the years. I answered questions as they came ... and they got pretty specific at times. That way, we never had to have "the big talk" and we could focus on her feelings about things. It felt more natural that way. I also used teachable moments to explain her responsibility and why some behaviors were not a good idea. A lot of our talks centered around respect for yourself and for others and if you loved someone how you showed that respect. We also talked about responsibility and where that responsibility could take you. It worked for us. I would never tell my friends that was the ONLY way to do it though.