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Thanks a lot, Lisa —- Dear Lisa, Thank you so much for your email. As you know from our exchanges, I’m going to respond publicly here, and I also want Design Mom Readers to respond, because I think this is a topic that benefits from many experiences and many points of view. Second, I don’t know you or your parents, but based on what you wrote, and your confidence, I think they seem pretty great.I can see you have a ton of confidence just to write it up and send it. I also think you are not the only 18 year old that feels this way. So I’m hoping this public post can be a help to others who feel just like you. And I would 100% recommend that you share this same email with them — both your mother and father — and tell them you want to have a series of open, frank conversations about sex with them.Like my dad learns current songs on the guitar and my mom is obsessed with current fashion designers. I know that they like the idea that their kids could come to them with any questions, but I know that they would probably feel uncomfortable talking to me about sex.So here’s where I ask for advice and a few questions.And the good news is, I can tell you from experience, the more parents talk about sex with their kids, the less awkward and uncomfortable it is.Sex is very normal, and not talking about it is what makes it seem weird, uncomfortable and not-normal.2) Sex has to be learned, it’s not like breathing or blinking.
In addition to your parents, I hope you will also ask other adults in your life (teachers, church leaders, aunts) for open conversations about sex.
Unfortunately until today I thought that was the same definition of sex.
Before I go on I want to add that I have a normal family and very normal parents.
I’m going to note: I’m not an expert or sex therapist and you know that.
You wrote to me as a mother, and I’m answering from a position of an LDS woman and mother who enjoys sex very much, and has a healthy sex life.