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'Talking to Kids about Intimacy, Desire, and Sex,' Lexington, Jan. 11

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  December 24, 2012 12:10 PM

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It might be one of the most difficult and scary things to do as a parent, but talking to our children about sex is also one of the most important of our jobs. But how to begin? What to say? Join The Waldorf School of Lexington as they host Sharon Maxwell, an award-winning educator, clinical psychologist, and author of "The Talk: A Breakthrough Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in an Over-sexualized, Online, In-Your-Face World." Dr. Maxwell will lead parents in an interactive discussion that addresses many questions, such as: How do we raise healthy kids in an over-sexualized culture of advertising, video games, fashion, and the Internet? How can we lay the foundations at a young age when stakes are small to help them be in charge of their desires and to make good decisions? What do we want to teach them about intimacy and love, and our own values about sex? Dr. Maxwell will help explore issues such as the effect of looking sexy, peer pressure, and how to work with the natural force of sexual feelings. And it's never too early to think about how the dynamic in our households around desire and instant gratification effects our children's future choices. Fri., Jan. 11, 7 p.m. $15. Registration online. Adults only. The Waldorf School of Lexington, 739 Mass. Ave., Lexington. www.thewaldorfschool.org

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