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Where to have the “Talk”



Rachel Schnaegal of New Paltz tells us where her kids heard the facts of life: “My husband felt more comfortable talking to our son while they were sitting for hours waiting for a deer, and I took over with my daughter answering her questions when we were polishing our nails.

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Here are four more scenarios:

1. At bed time when you are saying goodnight and tucking them. It’s a safe bet that they'll feel comfortable opening up to a heart-to- heart discussion on the facts of life.

2. When you’re on a long drive for a couple hours and your pre-teen is a captive audience. It provides plenty of uninterrupted time for the talk and for the slew of questions sure to follow.

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3. Cooking or preparing dinner together on the weekend can open the door for opportunities for sharing thoughts on the subject. 

4. When you’re watching a movie about a big family, your child may wonder how the parents had so many kids, and that can lead into a “birds and the bees” talk naturally.

Carol Falcone Nelson writes frequently for Hudson Valley Parent magazine.