In the never ending world of wellness, it’s best to take what you learn with a grain of (Himalayan) salt. Like the time Gwyneth Paltrow dished out some problematic advice of SPF. In the lead up to her new Netflix series, Sex, Love & Goop, the actress has revealed the very sound and sage approach she has to speaking about sex with her children.
Paltrow shares two children with her ex-husband Chris Martin, Apple, 17 and Moses, 15. Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, she says she drew from her own experience in how to share advice with her children on the topic.
“I try always to be neutral on the topic,” Paltrow told the publication. “I think my generation, we got a lot of messages around sex that made us feel bad about it.”
She continued, “I try to just be curious, and teenagers are never going to want to talk to their parents about sex, ever. I sort of follow their lead and luckily, in middle school they had a very thorough sex education, so the school handled the kind of birds and the bees parts. Then I am there for any questions, but the questions are pretty minimal.”
Her main advice is: “stay really close to your own truth.”
“I think the main thing that nobody ever tells you, is you have to stay really close to your own truth and you have to stay really in integrity with that truth. Because when you are in a relationship and you are not being your full self, you are sublimating things or you are white knuckling through something, and I think it can be pretty damaging to how you feel about yourself,” she added. “I will always just encourage my children to really listen to themselves, listen to their instincts, listen if something feels right, and to act from that place.”
Sex, Love & Goop will hit Netflix from October 21.