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Strong Parenting in a Sexualized World, with Dr. Tara

In this episode, "Parenting in a Sexualized World," we're joined by Dr. Tara, a professor at Cal State University specializing in sex behavior and sexual communication. Together with our host, Adam Mitchell, they discuss the complexities of raising children in a society saturated with sexualized content and the importance of open, empowering conversations about sexuality within families.

From redirecting sensation seeking energy to navigating exposure to pornography, they provide valuable insights and guidance on supporting children in understanding healthy relationships and boundaries.

Join us as we explore the vital role of fathers in addressing these difficult yet crucial topics, and the impact open communication can have on children's long-term well-being.

What you're going to learn in the episode with Dr. Tara:

  • Sensation Seeking Redirected: Redirecting sensation seeking energy to healthy activities. Natural impulses can be channeled positively. Encouraging sports and socialization.
  • Open Sexual Health Communication: Using correct vocabulary and initiating dialogue with questions. Parents should have open conversations without penalizing children.
  • Empowering Children's Boundaries: Empower children to communicate feelings and boundaries. Addressing boundary issues and teaching children to assert themselves.
  • Responsible Talks about Pornography: Addressing intense topics responsibly. Discussing appropriate sources of information and engaging in honest conversations about porn.
  • Fathers in Sexuality Conversations: Fathers being present in sex and masculinity discussions. Essential role of fathers in sexuality talks. Ancient wisdom and continuous learning.
  • Resources for Men's Sexuality: Encouraging men to educate themselves about their sexuality. Suggested books and websites for men to learn about their sexual health.
  • Challenges of Oversexualized World: Fathers facing difficulties in parenting. Concerns about children's exposure to oversexualization and inappropriate content.
  • The Danger of Pornography: Addressing dangers of children being exposed to pornography. Protecting children from being targeted by predators through porn channels.
  • Empowering Conversations about Sex: Encouraging open discussions and empowering children. Providing children with the knowledge and confidence to make smart choices.
  • Family Sex Communication Research: Understanding the impact of family sex communication. Research project on family sex communication and its association with young adults' sexual satisfaction.


Dr. Tara is a tenured professor of relational and sexual communication, and quantitative research at California State University Fullerton (recieved her tenure at the age of 33), an award-winning researcher, TV Sexpert on Celebs Go Dating, and the host of Luvbites by Dr. Tara Podcast that focuses on sexual wellness and sexploration. Her work has been featured in ABC News, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health Magazine, Insider, and other media outlets. She's also on the advisory board for the MŌN app, Couply app, and Superstars app.