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Study finds parents wait too long to have 'the talk' with children

Staff Report • Dec 28, 2009 at 12:00 AM

When it comes to talking about sex, parents are a few paces behind their children.

Too often, the birds-and-the-bees conversation occurs after, and not before, kids start experimenting sexually, possibly in risky ways, reports a study in the January issue of Pediatrics. This revelation comes despite American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that health-care providers and parents talk to their kids about sex and sexuality early in life.

"Parents are a little behind the 8 ball. They underestimate their children's sexual knowledge and interest and behaviors," said Dr. Lawrence Friedman, director of adolescent medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Read the full report at the Tennessean's Web site.

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