Dr. Oz had Dr. Jennifer Ashton, author of The Body Scoop for Girls: A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You, on his show to discuss what our daughters want to know but are too scared or embarrassed to ask. It has been a while since I have been a teenager (ok… a LONG while…) but I was totally shocked at what the teenagers on Dr. Oz’s show were revealing.
Question: Do you feel there is a double standard for girls and guys?
Answer: Dr. Oz, as well as some of the parents and teenage daughters, discussed the double standard that exists. Everyone agreed that parents are more worried and concerned about their daughters than their sons. One thing that wasn’t discussed was what can be done to get rid of this double standard. I would love to hear your opinion on this topic (please comment below!!!)
Question: How do you know the right time is to have a talk with your teenage girl?
Answer: I was pleasantly surprised to see a teenage girl ask this… I wonder if she was told to ask this question! Dr. Ashton agreed that it shows a lot of maturity to even ask a question like this. One idea is that you should make the decision of when it is right on a family-by-family basis.
Question: How can you make it less awkward to talk with your daughter?
Answer: Talk to friends and doctors to get ideas. We make our kids embarrassed often by showing our own embarrassment. Dr. Ashton suggested that talking when in the car and driving somewhere can be a great time for parents, because they can grip tightly on the wheel. You should take advantage of any moment that seems right. And don’t feel that you have to have the “whole” talk in one shot; you can have lots of mini talks. The more you talk about it, the less awkward it will feel.