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Having the 'S' talk with your children

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There is a time in all mom's life when we must face the big talk. You the talk I am speaking of, the one that starts with the letter 'S'.

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The first problem with the 'S' talk is when to bring it up. Probably before your child hears about it out on the playground or from the children at school.

To our dismay, some children find out on their own when they catch you in the bedroom in an uncompromising position. (lock your doors, please) Others get hints from the movies and the media, which are rarely helpful. I found out when my best-friend uncovered her parents secret hiding place.

Blindly following in the footprints of generations of moms before us, some moms simply choose to ignore the 'S' talk and never bring it up at all, convincing themselves that their kids will manage just fine without it. But just because the wimpy way worked for our parents, does not necessarily mean it will work for you and me.

So for those of you faced with the big talk this year, I would like to be of some help. In my home I found an effective way of handling a very delicate situation.

See the slideshow for 5 tips for telling your child the truth about Santa Claus.

Have you had the 'S' talk with your children? What tips do you have for us mothers who have not had this discussion?

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