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<i>The Wall Street Journal</i> Health Blog

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Written by: Katherine Hobson, a reporter on the health beat for 15 years, and other Wall Street Journal reporters.

WSJ’s Health Blog is an entertaining mix of studies, politics, business, and cultural observations. Posts go up several times a day, and are not hidden behind the WSJ’s famous paywall. Not as politics-heavy as NPR’s site, or as service-oriented as the Greatist or Core Performance blogs, WSJ serves up a steady stream of information that would make excellent dinner conversations.

Sample post: If you haven’t clicked on the Netherlands sex talk post yet, here's an introduction.

It’s common for parents in the Netherlands to allow their older teenagers to have sleepovers with a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Can you imagine that here?

The WSJ Bonds column today explains how American parents should start teaching their children about sex from the time their children can talk.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says by age 10, a child should have learned about human sexuality, including the changes of puberty and normal development. These chats should be age-appropriate, but if parents wait until teens or middle school to tell their kids the facts of life, they may miss an important opportunity that can help kids make better choices: They wait longer to have sex, have fewer partners, and tend to use protection.

Parents can learn a lot about how to do this from Dutch parents, says Amy Schalet, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who has a new book out, “Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex,” comparing how sexuality is discussed and negotiated between parents and kids in the U.S. and the Netherlands. For example, the Netherlands has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialized world, while the U.S. has one of the highest. ...

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