Category Archives: parent education

Empathy for Children

What is empathy, and what does it mean to be empathic toward children and young people? We may distinguish three different abilities often lumped together as empathy: the ability to identify emotions in others, the ability to understand causes and … Continue reading

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Age of Consent

Competence to consent is popularly considered an extremely important moral and legal principle when it comes to sex play, but the issue is much more important and profound in the field of health care. This post reviews some of the … Continue reading

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Respecting Children’s Boundaries

In an article entitled “When Are We Crossing a Child’s Sexual Boundaries?” the authors suggest that certain adults (vaguely referred to as “professionals”) are competent to make sexual choices for all children, rather than allowing any other adults to make … Continue reading

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Overstimulation: the Devil in Disguise?

The word “overstimulation” is sometimes used to frighten parents against childhood sexual experience, and implies that sex education is dangerous because (if) it leads to sexual experimentation or exploration. But “overstimulation” is never explicitly defined, and there is never any … Continue reading

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Learning about Love

This post describes my sexual experiences as a child, which were primarily positive experiences. Telling my story is important to balance the popular convention of only reporting negative descriptions of children’s sexual experience. No mainstream publication is willing to publish … Continue reading

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Alfred Kinsey and the Sexual Revolution

After the Allied victory in World War Two there was a mood of optimism and boldness in the U.S. that might be difficult for later generations to imagine. The world seemed to be making progress. Kinsey was a zoologist at … Continue reading

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Nudity and Decency

Recently there has been a lot of public debate about what constitutes “decency.” The topic isn’t new, but it regains popularity now and then. In the past mothers exposed their breasts to feed their babies in public, even in church, … Continue reading

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The Courage to Heal? A Critical Review

Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a genuine problem that merits serious attention, but it is also a subject fraught with nonsense and hysteria, an emotional issue exploited for personal and political gain. Ellen Bass and Laura Davis’ book “The Courage … Continue reading

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Sex Play, Sex Acts, and Sex Abuse

Political correctness mandates that parents should express grave concern if children learn about sex “too early.” But the current epidemic of relationship problems between men and women indicates the opposite: parents should express grave concern if children learn about sex … Continue reading

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Breast Shame: Tradition, Deception and the Money Trail

Breast shame is a complex problem. It has been around a long time. Some of the most powerful multinational corporations profit from it. Instead of reasonably wondering why some people are ashamed of breasts, such discomfort is commonly taken for … Continue reading

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