View Poll Results: How did your parents tell you about sex?
Had a 'talk' (may have used a book too) 26 28.26%
Handed you a book but didn't really talk to you about it 13 14.13%
They never told you about sex 46 50.00%
Other - Explain! 7 7.61%
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Old 08-21-2006, 07:40 AM   #11
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Re: How did your parents tell you about sex?

When my mom was pregnant with my sister, I asked her how she got pregnant, so we sat down and had a very detailed talk (from what I remember). I was 8 at the time. Mom was never secretive about her period or anything, and "the talk" was very straight forward. She answered all my questions without beating around the bush.

Of course, I swore I'd never have kids. That sounded WAY too painful and gross and icky. *nod*

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Old 08-21-2006, 09:39 AM   #12
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I voted no talk. My dad raised me and we did not discuss such things. The words for the private body parts...never spoken. I still do not have an easy time with it. But I want my kids to be more open about it. I guess I need to give my dad a little credit. He took me for a ride when I was 16....hehehe...and kept driving and driving...it was nice and dark too...then he asked if I needed to go to the store...for...anything...I was like noooo....well if you do just tell me, I will give you moeny. I said I dont need anything. He said ok, He said sometimes girls NEED some THINGS...that boys dont. So when you do just tell me you need to go to the store, I will give you money, you can keep the change, and throw your bag in the back of the truck! LOL I was like ok, and so embarrassed....we listen to AC/DC the rest of the way home.

Now I have had many talks with my daughter, who is now 12 3/4 years old and actually just started her period yesterday!!! Ahhhh! So she was ready, but still emotional!

Any tips on being more open??
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:45 AM   #13
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When I was 5, my mother rented the NOVA documentary "THE MIRACLE OF LIFE" and we watched it together. I remember not understanding a lot of the technical jargin (sperm, blastocyst etc) but I understood HOW it happened perfectly.
My parents talked with me about it often, and as I got older they would throw in more info about the risks of STD's and all that too. By the time I was a teenager, I felt pretty confident in my understanding of sex and everything involved.

My parents wernt shy, thats for sure. I dont know how they decided to be so open with me, but they did a great job!
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Mine never did. i remember asking them questions (mostly to embarass them LOL) but I always got generic "you'll find out when you're older" answers. I am determined that my kids will know a lot more than I did, but from me, not from their friends.
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Old 08-21-2006, 01:00 PM   #15
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I voted never. Been married more than 20 yrs, think I should bring up the subject with them now or forget about it? When my older sister was helping me out of my wedding dress she simply asked if I had vaseline or KY with me-that was the extent of any sex talk before I got married.
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My mom had "the talk" with me when I was about six or seven. It took me forever to figure out that you didn't pee out babies. I didn't know there were two holes!
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With my parents it was always open talking, anytime. Not the most comfortable of situations but I think my parents were smart to have it that way.
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My parents never really talked to me about sex. My mom gave me a book and packet with some pads and tampons around the time that puberty was being discussed at school. It was just one of those, this is what is happening to your body things. Then when I was in my late teens my mother said to me one nights "we don't have premarital sex in this family". Other than that nothing was ever said or done. My best friend in high school explained pretty much every thing to me. He taught me about condoms and safe sex and what that all meant. And of course there was the internet. It's really just sheer luck that I knew as much as I did.
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After reading every response I have to tell ya'll my story!

I learned about my own body through my own self examination. Sounds wierd, I know. If I wondered what something was, I just looked. My parents divorced and mother remarried and had more children and I (and other siblings) were "allowed" to watch 1 brothers' 1984 homebirth and another brothers' 1987 hospital birth. So I knew HOW and WHERE they came out of.

When I asked for myself and older sisters about SEX, I was slapped and sent to the room I shared with my sisters to cry for weeks. I was humilated by the person who should have lovingly embraced this time with a daughter. After several weeks more of nasty glares and accusations of being sexually active (at 11!?) our mother gave me a book from the library that explained where babies came from.

I had no interest in that! I had gotten my period and was scared to death why I was bleeding! I thought I was dieing and had no one to talk to...

Our DD is 12 months old and DH and I already have a plan for her "talk". One that involves both of us, and honesty and love.
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My parents think I'm still a virgin.
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