Sexuality Resource Center for Parents: Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Teaching Children about Human Sexuality

Parents Helping Parents

We are a small staff, a very small staff, and consequently we're unable to help you out if you've got a situation you just don't know how to handle. But that doesn't mean there aren't sexuality experts out there who can help you, and by sexuality experts we mean other readers – readers who have already experienced the same or similar problems with their own children and have dealt with them successfully. And that's why we're so happy to provide a space where you can pose your problems, concerns, and situations, and other parents can weigh in with their suggestions and solutions. We call our forum "Parents Helping Parents," and it's just one click away for any parent needing help or any parent willing to help.

You can even go there right now if you don't want to read the rest of this page. Take me to the forum.

If you are new to using forums, then the first thing we should probably tell you is that you need to register to become a member of our forum. If you do not register, you can view the forum's contents but you cannot contribute in any way.

You will notice that there are currently four boards in our forum. They are as follows:

    • for parents of children with typical development
    • for parents of children with developmental disabilities
    • for parents of children with physical disabilities
    • for all parents

To post a problem, first click on the correct board. Once inside, look for a "NEW TOPIC" button and click on that. Start typing, and you're on your way to a solution!

To post a solution to someone else's problem, choose a board and then find a topic where your expertise will shine. Click on one of the "REPLY" buttons and start typing.

Again, if you are new to this whole forum thing, then it will take some getting used to. Don't be afraid to plunge in and make a mistake or two with your posts. There's even forgiveness on this forum – once you make a post, you have 15 minutes to fix your mistakes!

Here are some general rules and guidelines to follow when using the "Parents Helping Parents" forum:

Forum Rules and Guidelines

1. This is a forum for discussing human sexuality and children. If your child is stealing bikes, this is not the place to ask for help.

2. Since this is a forum for discussing human sexuality, we’re not going to prohibit you from using sexual terminology or describing sexual situations. BUT… you may only do these things for the purpose of describing a situation that you’ve encountered with your child or for the purpose of providing help to another parent. In other words, we may see a lot of shocking things in this forum, but you may not shock others just for the fun of it.

3. Be very careful about posting explicit photos – even if they’re relevant to the topic. A thousand words may be better than scaring off parents who may be able to help you.

4. Be respectful of all other forum members. It’s okay to disagree with each other, but do so in a civil manner. No personal attacks or insults will be tolerated. Offensive or hostile language based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation will also not be tolerated.

5. Are you sure your situation is unique? After all, anything your child’s done has probably been done before by some other child. We strongly recommend that you do a search (using relevant keywords) before posting your problem – there may already be a solution ready and waiting for you! There’s a search box in the top-right corner of every forum page and there’s also a “Search” button on the navigation bar that allows for more advanced searches.

6. When starting a new topic, make sure the subject line clearly and briefly states your situation. It’s not particularly useful for a subject line to read, “I’ve got a problem with my daughter.”

7. Do not post the same topic to more than one board. If you’re not sure where a post should go, just take your best guess. If it’s not a good fit, an administrator or moderator will move it. Duplicate posts only cause confusion.

8. You may only have one account on this forum.

9. No spamming. Period. We may not be able to freeze your bank accounts or seize all of your assets, but we will banish you from the forum. And that’s a whole lot worse.

10. You are allowed to provide links to other websites, but only if those other websites provide information that adds to the conversation. If you needlessly promote another site, we will remove your post. You will also be warned. If you continue in this behavior, you will be banned from the forum. Promotional links and/or advertisements are also not allowed in signatures or avatars. Self-promotion is also spam.

11. It is acceptable for your signature to contain your name, email address, website URL, and a favorite quote or saying. Signatures may also include small images.

12. No trolling. Period. Trolling is the posting of provocative messages just to anger and annoy other forum members. If you troll, you will be warned. If you continue to troll, you will be banned from the forum. For the rest of us: Don’t feed the trolls by answering back.

13. We read all posts. Any advice that is based on wishful thinking or disproven beliefs will be removed from the forum. Anything else objectionable will also be removed. If you are in the habit of providing objectionable material, you will be warned. Continue in your evil ways, and you will be banned from the forum. Administrators and moderators have the final word.

To all of which you respond: Okay, okay, I've read the rules and I can live with them. Now take me to the forum.

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