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Our Reproduction Program is now co-ed; and it should have been co-ed all along. Here’s why.

Separating boys and girls for discussions about sex and sexual health creates a setting enshrouded in mystery and secrecy. In most schools, students aren’t separated by gender for any other subjects, so separating them reinforces the idea that the other gender “shouldn’t know” or “won’t understand” what’s about to be revealed. But puberty and sex education in America has “always been that way,” right? It has prevented young people from thinking they can talk candidly about their bodies or sex in “mixed company."

If we’re honest and think back on our own sex education (if we had it), this practice likely perpetuated gender...

When parents started asking us to offer a program on sex as a follow up to our puberty program, we hesitated. It’s one thing to talk with our own kids or write blogs about “talking with your kids about sex,” but it’s a whole new ball game when we actually talk to your kid for you!

But if you know us, you know we didn’t hesitate very long. Not only were we up for it, we’re loving it!

Our Reproduction programs are quickly becoming our favorites. The kids, 5th and 6th graders, are so very ready for the information. Most of them have already heard some gossip about sex, but they are definitely fuzzy on the facts. And the parents - many come in a bit squirmy and anxious, but they all leave with a sense of relief that the topic...

Every year, I seem to get at least one phone call from a panic-stricken mom with a child in the fourth grade. It usually goes something like this (in a flustered whisper), "Help!! My precious, innocent little [insert child's name] just came home from school and told me that one of her friends told her what sex is.

When I asked her what she was told, her description included words like 'under the sheets,' 'wiggling,' and 'poking.' She seems upset and scared. Now what do I do?!?!"

That's the reality with late elementary age children. There will always be some kids in the class that have older siblings who have shared "the big secret" about sex. Or perhaps there's a precocious child who has developed his or her own definition...

One of our most frequently asked questions is, “When do we have the talk… You know, the sex talk.” The Girlology mantra, as well as my own, has always been eight is great. Great, that is, until this year when my youngest daughter’s eighth birthday was fast approaching.

She’s less mature than her sister was at that age, a circumstance that seems to be a common concern in many families.

Before either girl had turned eight, a friend shared a touching story about how she and her husband explained the secrets of life to their daughter on this birthday. It sounded magical and informative, such a well-rounded success, her father and I thought we’d do the same. We began with the facts, since that is where most magic is rooted,...