I so appreciate this thoughtful and inspiring essay. I think of the "sex talk" more as a life-long conversation. As my kids get older, we've started delving into a wider range of questions beyond just the mechanics of intercourse. I'd much rather they come to me and be slightly uncomfortable, compared to relying on partially mis-informed classmates. I find it best to do this while driving, so none of us have to make eye contact. My girls call them "our car conversations" and find them hilariously uncomfortable because I'm always honest and direct ("I didn't need to know that, Mom!" is a common reply when I answer truthfully after confirming they really want the answer to the question). I also want to especially thank you for prioritizing talking about consent with your son. It's something all parents should discuss with their kids.

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