A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, in an attempt to create a healthy dialogue about often-tricky topics, parents and their teen/adult children candidly discuss sex and sexual behavior in this forthright reality show. Sessions with TV personality Dr. Drew Pinsky offer information and resources about various sex-related issues, including promiscuity, sexual health, and homosexuality. While some of the conversations can be awkward and even a little crude (words like "leak" and "douche bag" sometimes pop up), the show's goal is to help families start talking about sex and making healthy, smart choices.
What's the story?
In SEX... WITH MOM AND DAD, young adults and their parents learn to talk openly and honestly about sexual topics that are impacting their lives. Each episode spotlights a teen who's having trouble communicating with his or her parent(s) about sex-related issues. With the help of celebrity relationship expert Dr. Drew Pinsky, the family members participate in a series of unique challenges designed to help them build a stronger, more trusting relationship so they can talk about sex a bit more easily. These exercises also help them understand the potentially positive and negative consequences resulting from the way they think about -- and engage in -- sexual behavior.
Is it any good?
Pinsky offers non-judgmental advice about how to think and talk about subjects like promiscuity, STDs, orgasms, and sexual addiction. He also offers information about sexual health, including the physical, emotional, and familial impact of certain sexual patterns (such as engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners). But while the show is designed to be educational, each 30-minute episode only scratches the surface of the complex psychological issues influencing some of the teens' decisions -- and their parents' ability to deal with them.
Meanwhile, the show includes lots of frank conversations about sexual topics, some of which can get a little crude. The dialogue might be shocking for some viewers (particularly when teens open up about their more destructive behavior), but it's all presented within the context of helping teens and their parents understand the consequences of their actions. Some younger teens may not be ready to handle the subject matter, but mature teens and their parents could learn a lot.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why sexual topics are often difficult or too "taboo" to talk about. Why are some people uncomfortable talking about sex?
Teens: How can you approach your parents to ask questions or address concerns you have about sex? Parents: What's the best way to approach these issues with your kids?
How does the media impact the way we think (and talk) about sex and sex-related topics?