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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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spin the bottle and other sexual situations

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Here's the Problem

Story 1: A seventh-grade girl comes home from school and tells her mom that at school that day, a 12-year-old boy—a friend, not a boyfriend—came up to her in the hall and out of nowhere snidely said, “Saw you hanging with your boyfriend this weekend. Are you gonna have sex? I mean maybe you'll have your period so you know you won't get pregnant.” The parent who shared this story knows that her daughter (who does have a “boyfriend”) hasn't even had a first kiss yet, let alone sex. The girl tells her mom that she'd felt upset, angry, and disgusted ...

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