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Readers Respond: Tips on Having the Sex Talk

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Good sexual communication from parent to child is never about one big sex talk. Sexuality is part of life, and well before your children start to explore sexual activities, there are opportunities to teach them about sexual health and share your sexual values. There's no right way to do this, but all parents stumble, and if you've tried, failed, and tried again, and maybe succeeded, share your experiences here. What Works, What Doesn't?

What I could say about sex.

When I finally decided masturbation wasn't wrong, I enjoyed it. My father didn't tell me much except that "Sex isn't just to have children! I did not have sex until after I was married. Our honeymoon because of army duty was a one night stand, and a dud! We had one more night the next week, and began to get the hang of it! Now I recall, in my old age, that sex with my wife gave me the most wonderful feelings I've ever had. I told my sons that masturbation was okay, I told them I hoped they'd wait till they married, but if they didn't to be sure and use protection, and showed them how to use a condom. I guess it worked! Now with my wife disabled, it's back to do-it-yourself. By the way, Mother gave me a book saying masturbation okay if not overdone. But when I played with myself under the covers she called me down. I didn't mean for her to notice.
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