Joanna Murphy

How to talk to your children about sex

It might be cringeworthy, but parents must see that sex education is vital for young people today, says Joanna Murphy

Why sex education is vital for young people today

I have been avoiding writing this article since I was asked to do it. I have read an entire novel for my book club, I have caught up on emails, rearranged my desktop, cleaned my daughter’s bedroom and “thought” about avoiding writing this article a whole lot.

Maybe it’s my very Scottish embarrassment about the issue, perhaps it’s my Catholic upbringing, maybe it’s a generational thing – or, indeed, a combination of all three – but I can’t bring myself to begin. But what could be causing all this prevarication? Well, simply this: it’s about sex education.

Even the thought of it is ...

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