Episode 50: Megan Michelson & Mary Flo Ridley – Sex. How and when do we talk to our kids about it
Why is Everyone Yelling?
Megan Michelson & Mary Flo Ridley are on the podcast today! They teach us through a simple online course that give parents the tools and confidence to talk to their young kids about sex. Mary Flo has been doing this for over 30 years and Megan joined her team just a few years ago. They teach us to educate and empower our kids through building a foundation for future conversations to protect them from dangers on and offline and to have the power of the first impression. If you enjoyed this conversation, check out their online course for parents of kids ages 1-10. You can use the code “Lindsey20” for 20% off their online course here. What we talked about: 4:25- How they each got involved in educating parents about talking with your children about sex 13:05- When to introduce the topic of sex with your kids 18:00- Bringing up the conversation with your children 25:30- Getting on the same page with your partner about how you will have these conversations 28:45- Becoming comfortable with having these conversations about sex with your kids 33:05- What to do if your child sees pornography 37:50- Appropriate ages to stop taking showers with your children and when your kids should stop bathing together 41:30- Conversations to have with your kids about body exploration 55:05- End of podcast questions Show notes: Good Pictures, Bad Pictures Jr. What God Has to Say About Our Bodies Birds & Bees Website Use the code “Lindsey20” for 20% off their course Connect with Us: Why is Everyone Yelling? on Instagram Join our Facebook Group Lindsey on Instagram Sponsors: Beam Use code “Lindsey15” for 15% off your order
Let’s Talk about Sex :: Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson [Ep 328]
Don't Mom Alone Podcast
You asked and I’m so happy to have Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson back to coach us on how to talk with our kids about the topic of sex. I love their approach which is explained in their online course called Birds and Bees. It’s all about having multiple conversations over the years with your kids instead of having one big TALK when they are older. “What we want parents to do with the topic of sex is to not be afraid and be silenced, but to be equipped and have tools and phrases to say an age appropriate ways … They're drip by drip, by drip conversations, because it takes a lot for them to absorb this information.” Mary Flo and Megan take us through reasons why we should have conversations with our youngest kids about reproduction, birth and specific scientific terms for private areas. We chat about how to bring these topics up and answer questions that might make you nervous at first. It’s all about giving your kids accurate and honest information on this important topic. “I know when parents first hear about this they think, ‘I didn't want to talk to my kids about sex one time, why in the world, but I want to do this multiple times?’ But it's just so much easier to do it in bite size, age-appropriate phrases and conversations and soundbites because that's how things are digested and absorbed.” Connect with Birds & Bees: Website: https://birds-bees.com Facebook: facebook.com/birdsbeeshelpplease Instagram: @birds__bees Links Mentioned: Birds & Bees Course New Birds & Bees Podcast Previous Podcasts with Birds & Bees: Ep 25: Birds and Bees? Oh, help me please :: Mary Flo Ridley BONUS: When to Have “The Talk” :: Mary Flo Ridley Ep. 153 Birds and Bees (Continuing the Conversation) :: Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson Ep 243: Preparing Now for Future Puberty and Masturbation Questions :: Megan Michelson and Mary Flo Ridley Featured Sponsors: StoryWorth —Give your dad the most meaningful gift this Father’s Day with StoryWorth. Get started right away with no shipping required by going to StoryWorth.com/DMA to get $10 off your first purchase. HelloFresh —Go to HelloFresh.com/dma12 and use the code: dma12 to get 12 free meals, including free shipping.
Brave conversations with our kids Part 2: The birds and the bees with Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson
Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof
We’re kicking off week two of brave conversations we need to have with our kids, and it’s a doozie (or at least for me it is). I, for one, am particularly proud of myself for being brave enough to have a conversation around the birds and the bees in the confines of my home, much less on a podcast with all of you! Thankfully, Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson speak into this topic biblically and quite practically—and I couldn’t be more grateful. We cover everything from the hang-ups we have as parents when it comes to talking about sex with our kids, the importance of using correct anatomical technology (my bad), and shaping our family’s narrative in this important area before culture does it for us. If you struggle to have conversations around this topic and need a little encouragement and practical wherewithal... I promise that today’s podcast is for you! Check out there online course, Birds & Bees.
www.graceenoughpodcast.com Mary Flo Ridley joins me to talk about simple, foundational conversations to have with our children, ranging from toddlers to teens, that will shape their sexual health for years to come.Questions Mary Flo and I Discussed:(4:25) Even in 2020, I have conversations with friends who cringe when it comes to having the “birds and bees” talk with their children. We deal with questions like when is it the right time, what should I say, and so on, but Birds and Bees is all about getting rid of this idea that this is a one-time conversation in parenting. What are you hoping to see in exchange? (9:12) Let’s begin by talking to the parents who have toddlers, what is a conversation pattern they can establish to show their children they are the loving authority on the topic of their bodies? (13:36) What are some key conversations and general language parents can practice with their elementary age children? (19:11) The average age someone first sees pornography is 11 yo and are as likely to see it accidentally as on purpose. How do you encourage parents to deal with discussing pornography with their children? (27:20) For parents of middle and high school age children (or really all young parents), talking about masturbation and puberty feels daunting. How do you encourage parents to address this topic? (32:30) Birds & Bees offers a curriculum. What can one expect if they use your curriculum? (36:15) Do you have any encouragement for the parent who feels like they are “behind” or have failed to create an open dialogue surrounding sex and our bodies? (39:38) Lastly, what are some books and other resources you would recommend to parents on this topic?Quotes to Remember:“What is the main thing you want your children to know about sex? If they’re growing up in your family? If you could give that answer in one sentence? What would that sentence be?” SHOW NOTES cont.Related Episodes:71: Krista Boan | Tips For Parents In The Digital Age 54: Nick Stumbo | Discovering Freedom From Pornography 90: Hillary Morgan Ferrer | Empowering Kids to Challenge Cultural LiesEpisode Sponsor:Heather M. Dixon | Author, Speaker, Bible Teacher BIBLE STUDY: Renewed: Finding Hope When You Don’t Like Your Story Follow Birds & Bees on IG and at birds-bees.com ----------------------------------------------- Follow Grace Enough Podcast on IG and FB ------------------------------------------------
How do you talk to your kids about sex? Mary Flo Ridley, founder of The Birds & The Bees says there should never have be a big “talk”. So when do you start sharing information and what do you even say? Let’s talk sex baby!
When is it too young to talk to kids about sex? : Mary Flo Ridley : 144
Mom Inspired Show with Amber Sandberg
When do you think it's too young to talk to your kids about sex?Birds & Bees are back and they are trying to revolutionize the topic of sex! If you missed my first episode with Megan, feel free to go back and listen to episode 72. Today, Mary Flo and I will be talking about how to bring up sex to your kids if you haven't broached the subject yet. She talks to us about how will our kids process the idea of sex, and how we don't want to let that be in the hands of school or the culture, we need to navigate that with them. She asks "how do we formulate the message that reflects our values. They need to hear OUR voice on this!" We also talk about being a single parent, or military spouse and having to have these talks with the opposite sex. Mary Flo gives us some ideas on how to talk to our kids even if you are holding down the fort on your own. We also discuss pornography and how it creates a very strong addictive behavior. One thing that stood out to me is when she mentions how we need to be very careful when our kids are on ipads, smart phones and computers. Porn comes looking for them, and we need to really protect our children. She shares how pornography is so damaging. She gives us some steps on how to talk to them about this topic. It's very powerful and eye opening and you will want to share with your friends. Hear what she says about this topic and more on the podcast.If you liked this episode make sure to check out the first episode I did on the Birds and the Bess with Megan! https://mominspiredshow.com/birds-and-bees/Resources mentioned in the show:Lean 7 week online weight loss program:I had the pleasure of doing a four-part series with Registered Dietitian Amanda Nighbert. On this first episode of the series you’ll find out:What intermittent fasting is and how it worksHow intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and keep it offNutritional myths that could be keeping you from losing weightHow bulletproof coffee helps you burn fat (see recipe below)…And more!Click on the link below to get $20 off Amanda’s program and get ready to kick that slow metabolism into HIGH gear!Get Started*Discount is for first-time customers... If you’ve done this program before, we haven’t forgotten about you! Click here to get $10 off. Guest Info:Mary Flo RidleyWebsite - www.birds-bees.comInstagram - www.instagram.com/birds__beesFacebook- www.facebook.com/birdsbeeshelpplease/Note: This page contains some affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, we’ll receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you!
Preparing Now for Future Puberty and Masturbation Questions Megan Michelson and Mary Flo Ridley Ep 243
Don't Mom Alone Podcast
Depending on your personal background with puberty, sex and the often avoided topic of masturbation, having open conversations with your kids on these topics may feel daunting. You may want to avoid it or get “the talk” over and done with as quickly as possible. Or maybe your kids are really young and you don’t want to think about it right now. My guests Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson walk us through why starting early talking with our kids about body awareness and establishing our family story about sex is so important. “What we're trying to get rid of is this idea that this is a one-time conversation in parenting. The world that we are raising our kids in has changed so drastically that the way we as parents talk about sex has to change drastically as well. We can have multiple age appropriate conversations and a little-by-little approach where we establish a conversation pattern where we are the loving authority in our child's life on this topic.” They have great book recommendations and advice on talking with your pediatrician so you know when puberty is imminent for each child. We cover ways to pursue conversations with your kids and how to talk to them calmly without overreacting. Finally, we dive into the deeper waters of talking to your older children about masturbation, dealing with our emotional baggage when it comes to sex and how to strike the difficult balance of teaching what is normal and beneficial. “We're hearing from a lot of youth ministers and pastors that work with college kids that this is an epidemic of a great addiction. So there needs to be more of a warning of how this is normal, but not beneficial. That why it's such a difficult topic. You can say, yes, honey, this is absolutely normal. You're learning about your body and how it works, but it can become a habit of comfort. And if this is where you go when you're upset or when you're angry, if this is how you comfort yourself, then this is not beneficial to you in your future.”
389: Communicating God's Design For Sex To Kids With Mary Flo Ridley Of The Birds And The Bees
The Blossoming Moms Show
Hey momma! Today we are diving deep into a difficult conversation we face as parents, "the birds and the bees." Knowing the right timing, the age appropriate words, and exactly how in-depth these conversations should be can be very overwhelming, but thankfully Mary Flo Ridley has joined me today to tackle these concerns and questions. As an author, international speaker, and expert in the field, Mary Flo is here to share some simple tools and resources with us today! Enjoy the show, momma! To access more on this topic and connect with Mary Flo, please visit: www.birds-bees.com. Today's Sponsors: Maty's Healthy Products With Maty’s Healthy Products, you no longer have to worry about a toxic filled medicine cabinet! Maty's values transparency and only uses ingredients you know and recognize. With the first drug-free USDA Certified Organic cough syrup sold nationwide, they stay far away from artificial flavors, melatonin, petroleum, and hydrogenated oils. Maty’s is my #1 choice and recommendation for building up your natural medicine cabinet, mommas! With 10 powerful immune boosters added to every spoonful, you don’t even have to wait to use Maty’s until your family is sick! You can use their cough syrups daily as a preventative-just like you would with a vitamin! Momma's, Maty's is a no-brainer! Shop Maty's HERE! March Momma Madness- CLEANING CHALLENGE! If you find yourself constantly playing catch up with your chore list and never coming out ahead, then you’re in the right place, Momma! If you’re at a crossroad between totally drowning in the a sink full of dishes, a never ending pile of laundry, and a closet that is stuffed to the brim… Friend, you’re not alone! Over 5 days together, I’m going to teach you how to Clean, Purge, + Organize Your Home, Mind, + Motherhood in a way that’s actually attainable and realistic for the modern, busy Mom (ahhhem… that’s you!). Let the March Momma Madness BEGIN on March 18th!! Join Us Here! Beauty by Design As moms, we all know our skin changes a TON! From fluctuating hormones to dark patches, wrinkles, and everything in between…. It’s hard to know what products are safe to use and effective. Beauty By Design is now my BEST kept secret for taking the guesswork out of non-toxic, personalized skin care! Unlike any other skincare brand on the market, Beauty By Design virtually connects you with your very own personal Esthetician! AKA your new skincare bestie who you can text + ask questions about your skincare needs at ANYTIME. All you’ll do is complete a quick 2 min online skin survey, set your price point, snap a makeup free selfie and let your esthetician get to work creating YOUR own vegan, cruelty free, and natural skin care regimen… delivered right to your door! First time customers can receive 20% off by going to www.beautybydesign.com/blossom and using promo code BLOSSOM! Find Your New Skin Care HERE!! DateBox Club This year, Brian and I made it a goal to have one date night a month and DateBox Club has made this not only our new reality but has allowed us to connect, laugh, and love even deeper. Don’t let motherhood, raising kids, and running a home create distance in your marriage! Be proactive and intentional with creating a healthy, happy marriage with monthly DateBox Club nights that take place at home (AKA no babysitter needed!) and are delivered right to your doorstep each month! From spa night, to Hawaiian themed boxes, paint night, and more! Brian and I are so thankful for the gift of date box club and feel more connected than ever before! Keep your spark alive and do something new and exciting for your marriage like spa night, Hawaiian night, paint night, and more fun monthly boxes from DateBox Club. Use code DATENIGHT10 for 10% off at www.dateboxclub.com for your next DateBox Club Date. Find Your Next Date Night HERE! Show References: Join the Healthy Kitchen Club! Gain Your Grounded and Glowing Access Join the Patreon Community! Experience the Blossom After Baby Movement Connect with Mary Flo Ridley! Jennifer Blossom Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.blossomingmommyandbaby.com Find Blossoming Mommy and Baby on social media: @blossomingmommyandbaby Did you enjoy today’s episode? Let us know by leaving us a rating and review on iTunes! This is also a great way to help other mamas, just like YOU, find and enjoy the Blossoming Mommy and Baby Show! Have a question, comment or suggestion about the Blossoming Mommy and Baby Show? Send us an email at email@example.com or connect with us over on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @BlossomingMommyandBaby. Don’t forget to subscribe to The Blossoming Mommy and Baby Show on your podcast app to make sure you never miss out on the latest, gorgeous episodes! You can also be the first to know when a new episode airs and receive a special gift from us when you subscribe to our email list HERE! Happy Listening!!
Episode 30 Mary Flo Ridley and How To Talk To Your Kids About Sex
Build Your Best Family
A healthy family culture is marked by openness. The ability to talk with one another, and ask questions without the fear of shame in all areas including sex! Even those with a strong family culture may shy away from this topic. Today’s episode will shift your thinking about when, how, and what you say about important subject.Everything we talked about in this episode can be found here: https://www.thefamilycultureproject.com/podcast/episode-30-mary-flo-ridley-and-how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-sex
Happy Friday, friends💗 Today my guest is my new friend, Mary Flo Ridley. Mary Flo is a wife, mother, grandmother, speaker, author, and founder of the company, The Birds & The Bees 🐝 (@birds_bees). On this episode, we talk about what led Mary Flo to start her company, how you can start confidently talking with your child about the birds and the bees in an age appropriate manner, and an awesome resource you can use to help make this very awkward conversation turn into an ongoing knowledgeable conversation! Such a great practical episode! Don’t miss it! Link is in my profile or find the Friends of a Feather Podcast on ITunes to subscribe❤️! SHOW NOTES: Find more on the In Home Gathering on her web site, The Birds & The Bees Connect with Mary Flo over on The Birds & The Bees on Instagram and FB! Books Mary Flo recommends on this subject: The Story of Me by Brenna and Stan Jones Good Pictures, Bad Pictures Jr. by Kristen Jenson and Gail Poyner ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can always connect with me over on Instagram or on FB at The Friends of a Feather Podcast! See you over there!