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The 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey (AHS) results are out!  

Conducted by the McCreary Centre Society every 5 years since 1992, over 168,000 students in Grades 7–12 have completed the AHS. In 2018, 58 of the 60 BC school districts participated and the survey was completed by 38,015 Grade 7-12 students. To see the full report on...

Talking Sex With Your Teen

Talking Sex With Your Teen

Some parents, not surprisingly, are afraid to address sex in a positive way with their teens for fear that if we make sex sound too good, every teen will be doing it ten times a week. Not true. Within the context of giving life-saving safety information, we need to emphasize at every opportunity that sex is a good thing.
A Straight Answer to a Sticky Question

A Straight Answer to a Sticky Question

At the end of my evening sessions, parents often approach me privately to ask questions they “wouldn’t dare” ask in front of the group. Most of these have to do with questions their children have asked, but they have no idea how to answer. And who can blame them? Our...

Consent is Sexy

Consent is Sexy

Parental consent for a fieldtrip. Informed consent to participate in a study. We throw the word consent around without thinking about it too much, but what about sexual consent? What is it and what do we need to teach our kids about it?
Sex Talk? No Sweat.

Sex Talk? No Sweat.

Ok parents, school’s back in session which means our kids’ inquiring minds are back in action. Awesome. Before you worry about exactly what to say, here are some tips to help you normalize the topic of sexual health in your home and establish yourself as your kids’ number one source of information for years to come.
Postcards From the Edge: It’s Never Too Early to Talk about Transgender

Postcards From the Edge: It’s Never Too Early to Talk about Transgender

A good friend of mine called me the other day for some guidance on how to talk to her grade 2 son about people who are transgender. Apparently at recess he and a few of his friends were talking about how much it hurts to get kicked in the testicles (she did confirm they were using the scientific names for this body part, at least!) and one of the boys said, “Not for Caitlyn Jenner, she doesn’t have balls anymore.”
New Year’s Resolutions Kid Style

New Year’s Resolutions Kid Style

Q: My 8-year-old daughter tells me she keeps hearing about New Year’s resolutions on TV commercials lately. She asked what they meant, and now she wants to make some. Is it healthy for her to do that at her age or will it be too much pressure on her? And is it too late seeing as it’s already the end of January?
Guys want sex all the time! Or do they?

Guys want sex all the time! Or do they?

I recently came across a Canadian study that explored the characteristics of victims of sexual coercion. Sexual coercion is a broad category often used by contemporary researchers to refer to the spectrum of people (men, women and transgender folks) whose experiences range from being pressured in some way either implicitly or explicitly to engage in sexual contact to people that have experienced overt violence and sexual assault.
Parents and Teens Need to Get the ‘Net (adapted from Saleema’s segment on CTV Mornings Live, June 2013)

Parents and Teens Need to Get the ‘Net (adapted from Saleema’s segment on CTV Mornings Live, June 2013)

The majority of parents understand that the internet is a valuable, yet dangerous place for teenagers. But because cyberspace wasn't around when we were growing up (wow, our parents had it easy!) it's often difficult for parents to know how to navigate what their teens are doing online, how to monitor it, how much to monitor it, and how to help their teens generally to make smart decisions on the internet. The good news is that there are several basic things parents can do to keep their teens safe online.