When Krista M. was young, her mom never had "the sex talk" with her, and as a result, she says she "learned bits of misinformation from friends and in school." The whole experience left her mortified. Like many Circle of Moms members raised in homes where conversations about the birds and the bees were taboo, she’s “committed to approach sex education in a much more healthy way” with her own daughter.
But that’s not always easy to do in today’s environment. Some schools have started distributing condoms as early as first grade, and reality TV and the Internet bring sex into children’s bedrooms via their computer and TV screens, many Circle of Moms members like Jillian J. point out. "I had to talk to my 9-year-old recently because a classmate told her she should check out a Web site about sex," she says. Similarly, Mandy W. notes that her 10-year-old daughter is "starting to talk about the sex she’s seeing on TV." Turning to Circle of Moms members for advice, Mandy asks, "What age do you think it is acceptable to discuss the facts of life with your daughter?"
With kids talking about sex earlier than ever, it's not easy to know the right time to talk to kids about sex — or the most appropriate way to do it. To help, other moms have shared five key pieces of advice.