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Teen Sexuality--What to Be Aware of for Parents

It irks me when people say "teens grow up too fast these days." It particularly irks me when the people saying it are the ones who weren't there for their kids when they were little. Kids have longer childhoods than ever, now. But if adults don't pay attention, they miss it.

Then there are those who stick their heads in the sand. I'm getting mighty fed up with this talk of our "sexualized" culture. Of course teens are sexualized. Hello--they're in puberty, ruled by hormones. Ignoring that fact will not make it cease to be so. What kids need is help navigating, not pretentious hand-wringing.Teen Sexuality--What to Look For

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