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AARP The Other Talk: A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children about the Rest of Your Life by Tim Prosch

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CHAPTER ONEDefining the Dimensions of the Other Talk

I’ll never put my kids through what just happened to me with my parents!

—Several focus group participants

Do you remember how difficult—and absolutely necessary—it was when it came time to sit with your kids to have “the Talk,” the one about the birds and the bees? If you are anything like me, your initial reaction was to procrastinate, to keep the door firmly closed on any conversations that revolved around orgasms and vaginas and penises with your kid (in my case, a 12-year-old daughter).

But why would I even consider putting off a conversation that was so critical to the future well-being of my child? There were three reasons:

1. It was an emotionally challenging subject. It was uncomfortable ...

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