Talking about sexuality to our children without taboo allows them to dedramatize the subject while protecting them. Hence, to be informed is the first step to make conscious and smart choices. Yes, I want my daughter to be cautious and intelligent when it comes to sexuality. At the same time, I do not want to stay silent as regard to the beauty of what sexuality can be, with the right partner. My aim is that my daughter become a self-confident woman, delighted to be in the skin she is.
I love the book (French edition) “Parler du vagin à ma fille” or How to talk about vagina to my daughter, because it is clear, honest, without taboo. Written by an OB-GYN, it contains all the important and necessary information, like hygiene, sexual transmitted diseases, pleasure and contraception. The book is written like a dialogue between the author and her 20-year-old daughter. The beginning of the book offers lots of historical data as regard to the place of women in medicine in general, then more precisely as midwives then OB-GYN. Thank you Catherine Rinieri for this open-hearted book. It is the second time I read it, safe for the fact that today I have an extraordinary teenage daughter next to me. I cannot find a better time to start tackling the topic of sexuality, with kindness, simplicity and truth.
Please share if you know similar books in English!
Breathe. Reflect. Act inspired.
You can be proud of yourself, my friend, my sister. We can all congratulate ourselves, without waiting for any external validation. We do not need others to validate the great job we do, especially as a single mother.
After a few weeks spent alone with the children in Portugal on holiday, I am proud. I am happy because I did my very best to be a loving mother with much patience, organization skills and generosity.
I love everything. Now. I am grateful for my life, today and as it is. Thank you God, universe, life. Thank you my friend, my sister. Blessings to you.
Shine sister! Thank you Preston Smiles for being so open and vulnerable because it empowers all of us. Preston Smiles is the face of authenticity and the most beautiful energy. He has a fantastic YouTube channel and has written “Love Louder: 33 Ways to Amplify Your Life” and “Now or Never: Your Epic Life in 5 Steps” with his extraordinary wife Alexi Panos. Thank you for the inspiration Preston!
One dear colleague of mine wrote me the following message on the last day of a six-month internship. My friend, my sister, may we shine and help other women shine as well.
“Some people touch us more deeply than others.
I already knew you were very professional before I met you. I really enjoyed your human qualities. Not only do I like your kindness and softness, but I admire your calm strength and your beliefs.
Do not forget to stay yourself and walk serenely because you are building a big part of your futur yourself,
Humiliation is dangerous because it always backlashes badly at some point.
Some research (for eg the French philosopher Gaspard Koenig) describes a universal income, without any conditions. The anguish of poverty disappears. There would be no humiliating moments begging social services for financial aids.
I also remember reading a book by Jacques Attali in which he advocates never using humiliation in diplomatic international relations. However tempting that may be, humiliating the opposite party is never a good bet.
I also have in my head the image of a man being taken in front of the judge because he pointed a gun at a doorman’s face. He had just been refused entry to a nightclub. He replied to the judge that he had been humiliated by the doorman. It was, in his mind, the justification of his act.
I felt very humiliated by several events. However, I make my best not to stay in that feeling. The reason is simple. Whoever humiliates you is saying much about him/her, not about you. It is not personal.