Hey Nikki, Let’s Talk!

The following guest post, written in observance of Let’s Talk Month, comes to us via Annet Ruiter, vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood Arizona.

mother daughterShe’ll turn 21 this month, my amazing daughter. No longer our little girl, but a young woman trying to successfully transition into adulthood.

Sure, we have our struggles: I expect too much, I am too demanding, and I don’t trust her enough. She, on the other hand, doesn’t try hard enough, doesn’t care enough … You probably know what I am talking about. But, in spite of it all, we manage to nurture our special relationship, based on love and mutual respect.

And I’m still the first one she calls when she is in trouble.

October is Let’s Talk Month — a month where parents are encouraged to engage in conversation with their children about sexuality and relationships. Planned Parenthood promotes such conversations, and has been a great partner for Nikki and me throughout her life. Continue reading