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Increasing communication between parents and their children about sex

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 10 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a206

A Child's Guide to Parents

1.  Your parents are not perfect.

2.  Your parents are lonely, scared, and insecure, just like

3.  Your parents do not have a perfect marriage.

4.  Your parents are often sorry that they married each other.

5.  Your parents are trying to protect you from their

6.  Your parents need your help.

7.  You have known and loved your parents your whole life.

8.  Tell your parents that you are willing to talk to them about
their problems.

9.  Tell your parents that you understand that they are not

10.  Tell your parents that you love them, despite all their
problems and imperfections.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

04 August 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA