The Relationship Without Harm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the child of a therapist? My parents were wonderful but the lessons they imparted regarding interpersonal relationships was lacking…what’s the word…healthy communication, love and compassion. I decided when my daughter was little that I would not pass those sick nuggets along to my kids and would practice what I preach. My kids do not get a sugar coated cliché riddled sermon. They get the facts. They get the ‘whys’ followed by the ‘why nots’. A good example was to explain the most important rule of interpersonal relationships:

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A Honest Relationship

Interpersonal Relationships are not taught in school. Schools are usually a petri dish of dysfunction and, as the adults, we feel like this is a rite of passage. When our kids experience rejection and the backlash of pettiness with a smothering of cruelty, we remind them that this is a temporary situation and everyone will grow out of it. What we don’t realize is that these formative years are also teaching our kids how to behave in relationships. So what should we be teaching them?

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Bork Reveals The Real Deal – A Review

We have two boys. Lee handled our daughter when she was younger and told her all about the facts of life and the birds and the bees. I did not envy her. I could not imagine having to explain hygiene and periods and shaving your legs mostly because I never went through that. Now, I have two boys and it has been made abundantly clear that I am to deal with these talks with our young guys as they move into becoming young men. Even though I went through it, I have no idea what to say! Luckily, Terri Shearer Trenchard wrote a book called “Bork Reveals The Real Deal about the Facts of Life” and she answers any and every question they may have and many of the topics that I would have probably forgotten.

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Masturbation

We teach kids how to walk. We teach them how to talk. We teach them how to drive a car, boil an egg and even how to tie their shoes. If we are feeling omnipresent, we teach our kids about love, loss and how not to wear conflicting patterns and colors. With all this education, we completely ignore that our children are growing up and becoming sexual beings. The latest research shows that parents are giving the sex talk after the fact. That’s right, our kids are having sex before we explain who, what, why and how to stay safe. We teach them everything but expect our children to figure out one of the most important things about humanity on their own because we feel uncomfortable.

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