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Dear Diary,

This week, I am a bit hormonal–not in the greatest mood, thanks to Aunt Flo. So, I need a giggle to get me through my day. I clicked on Comedian Stephanie Blum’s Moms Rule video about “The Sex Talk,” and it was just the boost I needed. I’m so exhausted this week, I need a nap to feel tired. At any rate, back to the sex talk. It’s a talk my sister had “the sex talk” with my 12-year-old nephew. It was a lot more detailed, and graphic, than the one my parents had with me. Maybe because he’s a boy–boys are treated differently. But both sexes should be addressed the same. I mean, both people are in the bed–or on the floor or in a backseat, because at that age, there’s likely not a key to the Ritz Carlton or even an apartment involved.

I don’t remember much about being educated about the birds and the bees. I do recall one day my Godmother dropped a tampon in a glass of water to demonstrate how it worked. That followed with a very uncomfortable conversation about body parts and organs I probably didn’t know existed until then. I was maybe 10. Maybe older. When I did get older, I remember my mother grilling on the patio. She laughed and waved a hot dog at me and told me if I ever saw one of these, to run. Of course, she schooled me about sex–but in the confines of marriage. At the time, I was more interested in books than boys.

Over the years, the conversation never got easier. My ex-boyfriend still jokes about visiting me in college on my 21st birthday. My hot dog waving mom and tampon experimenting aunt called to wish me well. They asked where my boyfriend slept, and I lied and said he fell asleep on the couch. I wanted them to think I never hd sex, well just once when I got pregnant at 34, right?

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Well, now that i have a daughter, I’m not looking forward to discussing sex, but just yesterday, when I asked my mom for advice, she said something about honesty. It was on another topic, but my mother was right–once again. Don’t let her know that I said she usually knows what she’s talking about! So when my preschooler enters puberty, I’ll be honest. I’ll let her know that sex isn’t always within a marriage. Heck, I wasn’t married to her father. And that sex isn’t always with someone you love, or let’s be truthful here, someone you know. But it should be something that you want to do. You shouldn’t be pressured to sleep with someone. You should be scared that the person will leave you–hand them their coat and keys! You shouldn’t be afraid to buy a condom to protect you from contracting a disease or getting pregnant. I’m so not ready for that talk, but I know it’s coming one day, hopefully later rather than sooner. Don’t want it to be sooner. But just the other day, my three-year-old grabbed a tampon out of the box and asked me what it was. My mouth froze. I knew I shouldn’t perform the sex science experiment my aunt did, but I didn’t know what to say! In the meantime, I will try to get comfortable talking about what can be an uncomfortable topic!

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How will I do that? I will laugh abut it! If I can joke about something serious, than my daughter will know that it’s OK to ask embarrassing questions or learn about something she doesn’t have any experience in. I really cracked up when I watched Comedian Stephanie Blum‘s You Tube series. MOMS RULE exposes the secrets all moms have in common designed to have you LAUGH OUT LOUD! Stephanie–yes, we’re on a first name basis, is like a friend. Well, at least in my mind. I would totally ask her for parenting tips and how to talk to my kid about the birds and the bees. She  wants you post comments so she can hear your opinions.

She has lots of experience to draw on. She was a former school psychologist from Brooklyn before she turned into a hilarious stand-up comedian. Recently,  she was spotted by producers who signed her to be in a new comedy series on TLC called WHAT SHE SAID. It premiers during TLC’s “Mother Of All Weeks” leading up to Mother’s Day. The sneak peek will air on Sunday May 10th at 10 p.m.

You can follow Stephanie on Facebook or Twitter  and subscribe to the MOMS RULE YouTube channel. You’ll be the first to find out how you can appear on the show MOMS RULE! Also, you’ll get bonus and backstage episodes, free tickets to MOMS RULE–The LIVE Stand-Up Comedy Tour.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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