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Girl Talk: The Birds And The Bees

I’m in the 5th grade and I have to watch a health movie about sex. I also have to take home a permission slip and get it signed by my parents saying that we have talked about “it”. Ahh! How do I prepare myself? It’s going to be awful to talk to my ‘rents.

-Smart 'n' Sassy

Everyone has to talk about “it” at some point with their parents. Even though it will be awkward and slightly uncomfortable, it’s totally worth it. Think about it. Maybe if some of these teen moms had talked to their parents about sex, they wouldn’t be teen moms. This will be one of the most important topics you ever talk to your parents about.

You can prepare for it by telling them about the movie before they watch it. Try saying, “Hey Mom, I have to watch a movie in health class and discuss it with you later.” Your parents will more than likely know what type of movie you’re talking about. Afterward, when you come home after watching the movie you can say, “So remember that movie I had to watch in health? We need to talk about it and sign a paper for school.”

Hopefully your parents will do their best to make you feel comfortable. But remember, the most important goal here is to learn. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your parents—that’s what they’re there for! You may feel awkward (and your parents might, too), but it will definitely help you in the end.

Lots of love,

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4/8/2008 12:00:00 AM