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There Are No Perfect Families!
October 2008
In This Issue...
Home Team TV Talk Show Highlights
Sex Ed: Ages and Stages
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Family Mealtime: Feeding The Heart
Home Team Highlights from "You & Me Mondays" 
Don't Miss Upcoming "You & Me Monday" KJZZ Channel 14:
10/20/08 Are You Ready for Marriage? Marriage Prep
(Dr. Doug Brinley, Dr. Elia Gourgouris)
10/27/08 Gender Differences: Must Know Secrets for Relationship Success 
(Utah's Dating Coach Alisa Goodwin Snell, LMFT, "TAMN" from Seriously So Blessed Blog Phenomenon)
Featured Segment: 
Parenting Tips From the Trenches: Raising Sons:  Denise Druce, MPH & mother of 3 Boys shares her Parenting Tips - Watch Video
"Moms are as relentless as the tides. They don't just drive us to practice, they drive us to greatness." -Columnist Steve Rushin
Denise's Tried & True Tips for Raising Boys:
1. Don't freak out when your boy wants a Barbie!
2. What works for the big boys works for the little boys
3. Know their friends 4.Be the Kool Aid Mom
5. Talk and Listen every day
6. Support their Dad's relationship with his Mom
"If I have a monument in this world, it is my son." -Maya Angelou
For "More Parenting Tips From the Trenches" read here 
SEX ED: What To Teach at Every Stage 
Julie A. Hanks, LCSW

happy famConfidence and comfort are Key when you're talking about sex ed with your kids. They take the lead from you, as their parent, regarding attitudes toward body image and sexual issues. To help put you at ease, here are some guidelines for what to teach your children at every stage:  

Ages 0-3 Correct Words for Body parts, Positive Input about Bodies

Ages 4-5 General Where Babies Come From ("a baby grows in the mother's uterus and she pushes the baby out")

Ages 5-6 General Idea How Babies Are Made ("a small cell in daddy and a small cell in mommy join together and a baby grows")

Ages 7-8 "The Big Talk" Basic Understanding of Mechanics of Intercourse

Ages 8-9 Follow-up Discussions, Importance of Sex in Adult Relationships

Ages 9-11 Details of puberty, Open & Accurate Information on a Variety of Topics

Ages 11-16 Behavioral Restraint, Sexual Values

Are You a Victim of Domestic Violence? 
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Cycle of Violence

Domestic Violence includes emotional/psychological, sexual, and physical abuse by an intimate partner. Abusive behavior often follows a predictable pattern that repeats over and over again.
For More Information on finding safety and support visit Utah Domestic Violence Council or call the Domestic Violence Crisis & Information Line 1-800-897-LINK

Q: What are the Red Flags of an Abusive Relationship? WATCH VIDEO
Q: What is the most common form of domestic violence? WATCH VIDEO on Emotional Abuse with Dr. Doug Brinley.
Family Meal Time: Feeding the Heart
Research supports that families who eat regular meals together benefit in many areas: better literacy and language skills, better grades, decreasing eating disordered behaviors in girls, lower "high" risk behaviors like substance abuse and risky sexual decisions, and happier employees (the parents). Find out more...Watch Video
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