Every parent has issues.
Most of us parents, though, never think about this.
We feel that good parenting means focusing on our children but good parenting also means helping ourselves be healthy: emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Our children are small sponges, absorbing our fears, joys, anxieties and a wide range of other emotions.
Some children absorb their parents’ emotions more readily than others and this is primarily due to different personality types.
One of the best ways to help our kids is to help ourselves.
- Improving our moods
- Decreasing the stress in our lives
- Reducing anxiety
I know one thing: we all help and hurt our children in many ways. But we can most decidedly tip the scales toward the help side.
Good news— we can.
I hear from my 13-year-old patients that they think if they don’t have sex by the end of high school, something is wrong with them.
- They don’t know that sexting isn’t OK. You do.
- They don’t know that they have a choice if their boyfriend is pressuring them to have sex. You do.
- It is your job to help them navigate the landmines.
- It is crucial that you be the one your kids view as a trusted go-to for their sex-related question.
- This tool kit will ensure you build this trust.
Show them the way, and show them hope.
This toolkit will prepare you for any question your child will throw your way. Give them a sense of safety, values, and a healthy understanding of sex.
- Gain Behavioral Insight — Understand where your child is developmentally so you can communicate rules clearly.
- Interpret Your Child’s Actions — Learn the difference between severe defiance and normal developmental behaviors for more effective parenting.
- Find Your Voice — Boost your confidence when you learn to replace your emotional reactions to defiance with consistent, pediatrician-approved discipline techniques.
- Prioritize Correction — Apply the 8-Step Solution and the principles within it so you can correct bad behavior in children of any age.
- Effective Consequences — Develop age-appropriate consequences tailored to your child and build strategies to maintain consistency and withstand pushback.
Learn how to break down the personal, emotional and cultural complexities of sex to your child through discussion and boundary setting.
- Age/Stage Chart to help you know what to say and when
- How & When To Have The Talk FAQ sheet
- “How To Have The Talk” script
- AND, for those of you who just can’t bring yourself to do it, a video where I actually GIVE THE TALK to your kids FOR YOU, so you can have a conversation with them afterward.
- 5 Lessons
- 5 Video Trainings
- 5 Audio Trainings
- 1 Downloadable eBook
- 2 Downloadable Worksheets
"I believe the difference between feeling scared or lost, and creating confidence in your parenting goals can come down to having a plan and getting the right tools for the job. My goal is to give you everything you need to create a healthy, open dialogue with your children about sex” - Dr. Meg
As a pediatrician of 30 years, I have seen every parenting style imaginable. I have watched thousands of kids grow up in all types of situations, and through it I have learned what works and what doesn’t when it comes to raising great kids.
I have spoken to hundreds of parents who are afraid to have “the talk” with their child because they have no idea what to say.
- What do I say?
- What do I not say?
- What words do I use?
- When are they old enough?
- What if they have more questions?
These are all absolutely normal questions and concerns nearly every parent has.
I developed the How to Have The Talk toolkit to help calm every fear you may have around talking to your child about sex.
Again, parents, I know the talk is one of the more uncomfortable parts of parenting, but do not dismiss it. Don’t skip it simply because it embarrasses you and your child.
In order for your child to have a healthy and accurate understanding of sex, they must have their questions answered by the one whose opinion matters most to them: you.
-- Meg Meeker, MD