Feb 25, 2020
She's back. I hope you all are
happy. It does something to my psyche and my confidence level when
I hear "could you have her on more often" or " tell Katherine to
get her own podcast" after having Katherine Diggs on the show. Now
that's hurtful, America. But I get why you want her on here.
Katherine was a guest on season 1, season 2, and now she's here for
season 3. If you enjoy the show today, go back and listen to
Katherine on season 1 and season 2 . Those are really great
Katherine is a nurse
practitioner who worked for many years at a very good OBGYN
practice here in town. She left this practice to go work at the
health clinic. A month later, she said it was one of the most
fulfilling things ever. She's working with people and especially
teenagers on the issues that are the most near and dear to her
heart. Her work is about sex and our bodies. She hears stories in
the clinic that are horrifying and heartbreaking. She is kind,
knowledgeable, and sensitive. She speaks in a way that we
The thing I like about her the
most is that she really loves our kids. She just loves young
people. She wants them to live safe, long, and healthy lives. She
wants them to make smart decisions and feel valued. She wants them
to know their worth in ways where they don't have to demonstrate it
with their body. I have Katherine on every season because I trust
Katherine. She's someone who you can believe in. This episode isn't
for little ears, but it will be helpful for teens.
- [03:39] On social media, Katherine is referred
to as Nurse Katherine.
- [04:13] We have listener questions for
Katherine to answer.
- [04:31] It's fine to use proper anatomical
names for body parts. If you have special family terms it's fine to
use those too, but it's good for kids to know the proper names of
their body parts.
- [07:51] Start the precedent early on to talk
about all things.
- [08:10] A question about establishing a more
open relationship with kids and teens when it comes to talking
- [08:50] Communication is everything. Rules
without relationship equals rebellion.
- [09:12] Open communication has got to start at
- [10:11] It's good to establish communication
early and be comfortable and natural when it comes to talking about
- [11:34] There seems to be pressure on boys when
it comes to sexual practices.
- [11:59] People are wearing condoms less these
- [12:23] It's when we shame kids or make them
think we are disappointed that they shut down. We should keep
trying to talk to them in a positive way.
- [13:10] Each child has a different key that
opens up communication.
- [13:42] An eighth grade teacher calls in about
wanting sex education taught in their school.
- [14:04] This is an issue in schools and parents
are divided on it.
- [14:47] Don't bury your head in the sand. Talk
- [15:16] Katherine goes into schools and talks
to kids. She's a nurse practitioner and a parent. She now works in
- [16:09] Sex education has become so political
that many states don't have programs. Many existing programs are
dated and not realistic. The abstinence based education isn't
always helpful for kids who need practical information about what
they are already doing.
- [20:48] When Katherine talks at high schools,
there's always a group who stays behind and has questions. She said
young women come up to her and say they think they might be
pregnant, and they're scared, and they can't talk to their
- [23:18] Is abstinence a pipe dream? No dream
for your child is a pipe dream. You also have to be with your kid
and talk through whatever is going on.
- [24:11] You can't talk too much to your child.
Find out what the issues are and talk to them. Reinforce safety
when you need to.
- [26:07] People are wearing less condoms these
days. We still need to talk about safe sex. There is a stigma
around getting condoms.
- [29:09] Is a child's new preoccupation with sex
normal? If there was abuse, it needs to be addressed
- [30:30] If your kid has a sudden change of
behavior, look at their browser history and see what they've been
- [31:53] If your kid is acting out, they could
be watching porn. Watching porn can become their normal expectation
of sex. Find out and get help from counselors
- [33:33] Porn today is really graphic and
- [34:19] Find out where your child feels more
comfortable and talk to them.
- [35:18] Be aware of the incognito button on the
browser. Kids can also get exposure from other kids and
- [36:32] You know something is going on. You
need to get to the bottom of it. Do the hard work for
- [37:23] HIV is still an issue. There are HIV
positive teenagers who didn't know their status. Regular kids are
becoming HIV positive. Get them tested, because there is treatment
- [39:26] We want our kids to have long and full
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