Having "the talk" with your daughter

April 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Anna Broadway is a Web editor and the author of "Sexless in the City," a memoir of reluctant chastity set mainly in New York City. She shares her advice for moms facing an awkward conversation with their daughters about sex.

Tips for moms facing "the talk":

Don't let any discomfort that you may have about the conversation keep you from answering their questions.

If you don't answer their questions, they'll go elsewhere for the answers.

How you give attention to your kids is important. Negative attention through correction can communicate to them that their bodies and their sexuality get attention.

Have a monthly date night with your daughter to give her positive attention.

Ask her some open-ended questions to get a sense of where your child is at.

Buy the book on Amazon: Sexless in the City

For more information about "Sexless in the City," visit: sexlessinthecity.net

About Anna Broadway

Anna Broadway is a writer, avid knitter, and some-time swing dancer living near San Francisco. She holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University and has written for print or online versions of Paste, Beliefnet, Godspy, Relevant, Radiant, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, and other publications. She is a former volunteer editor for The New Pantagruel, a contributor to Faith at the Edge (Ave Maria Press), and writes for the Radiant blog The Pulse. In her spare time (i.e., while sleep writing), she also maintains the blog that started it all, Sexless in the City.

Anna got her pen name at an Austin Powers party in grad school: "'Choose a name,' said the host. 'How's that?' I asked. 'Middle name + street you live on.' So I told, and he wrote, and I got my name tag: 'Hello baby, my name is Anna Broadway, International Woman of?' ... Well, you'll just have to guess the rest."

To compare your reading lists with hers, check out Anna's profile on Goodreads.


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