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"Dear Carol, how do I talk to my mom about boys?"

Dear Carol,
My mom and I have a great relationship. I feel safe asking her about puberty, but not boys. She'd flip! She's always saying I'm "too young." I realize I should try to talk to her, but I don't know how.
–Talking to Mom

Dear Talking to Mom,
It's great you can talk with your mom and natural that you don't want to gush about every crush. Be honest, but no need to force yourself to open up. As you get older, she'll become more comfortable with the topic. Meantime, trust your gut and consider talking to her about boy-girl stuff in general, rather than specifics. Ask if she remembers her first boy-girl party. Of course, if you feel like talking, go for it, and if you have a problem, do consult your mom. That's what she's there for.

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by Carol Weston | 8/7/2017
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