Attention parents: scientists now confirm that talking with your children about sex is the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and STIs—but timing is key. Researchers say it’s essential to have “the talk” before kids turn 14 years old. As your children head back to school, how can you start the conversation without making them feel embarrassed?

Dr. Nadine Pierre-Louis is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Human Growth/Development Educator who specializes in helping parents unlock the conversation about puberty. Her new initiative, Doc and Jock, LLC, has a multi-pronged approach to normalizing developmental experiences at every life stage—just in time for back to school season.

She spoke to WHBC’s Gary Rivers on the topic Wednesday.  In her thought-provoking interview, Dr. Pierre-Louis discussed:

  • How parents can supplement sexual education programs that are already in place
  • Pros and Cons of comprehensive sex education
  • Back to School: By what age should you start talking with your child about their bodies?