In the Washington Post, a doctor argues that moms need to leave the examining room when sensitive subjects -- that is, sexual subjects -- are being discussed with teens. His goal is to make sure that his patient gets the best possible care: "If a teen is unwilling to admit to certain behaviors in front of a stubborn parent, I can’t order the right tests (HIV or sceeening for chlamydia) or the right medicines (birth control), and I worry that the teen is at risk."
But there's a lot more to the issue than that. Though Dr. Parikh claims to be all for openness between parent and child, it's hard to see how that can be achieved by shutting parents out of major discussions about their children's health and behavior.
Moms -- and dads, too -- I'd be interested to know what you think. (Non-parents are free to comment too, of course, but parents bring a crucial perspective to this one.)