Ep 49 – Sex and Intimacy with Rose Schlaff: Part 2

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Hi Stepparents,

Welcome back to part 2 of the conversation with Rose Schlaff, a Pelvic Physical Therapist, Intimacy Coach, and founder of Be Well with Rose, LLC. This week we are continuing our discussion about sex and intimacy.

We cover why and how your body image plays a role in intimacy, how to love your body, the surprising gift of sharing your whole truth, and why and how to talk to your kids about sex.

I’m so excited to share this conversation with you. When Rose and I first met, we quickly bonded over our passion about the need to bring to light issues that most of us struggle with but aren’t often discussed and feel uncomfortable to talk about.

So grab a beverage and join us for this ride, you won’t regret it.

Introducing Rose Schlaff

It’s my pleasure to introduce to you, Rose Schlaff. She believes that courageously reclaiming pleasure on a daily basis is the key to health, wealth, and happiness.

Dr. Rose has spent the last 6 years heling women and queer leaders overcome parenthood overwhelm so they can reclaim a deep connection with their body and their partners for years to come.

Besides her coaching, Rose educates sex educators, therapists, and counselors as a guest lecturer for the University of Michigan’s Human Sexuality Certificate program and San Diego State University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Sexuality and Intimacy course.

She also lectures internationally on the topic of sexual and pelvic health.

Rose is unapologetically queer and believes pleasure is her radical resistance. She lives in San Diego, CA with her partner, Nikki, and 2 black cats, Shadow and Rugby, where she spends most of her time rock climbing, dancing, and exploring nature.

Here we go …

Episode Overview

This episode at a glance …

>> [2:018] How and why your body image plays into intimacy in relationships
>> [5:58] How to move towards loving your body
>> [7:42] Rose’s best tip for creating more and stronger intimacy with your partner in and out of the bedroom
>> [11:32] The surprising gift you are gifting your partner when you share your whole truth
>> [11:58] The evolution that happens for all of us in relationships and in life
>> [13:27] Why it’s important to talk to your kids about sex
>> [15:59] Why you need to heal your own wounds around sex before talking to your kids
>> [17:16] How to have conversations about sex with your kids

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Thank you so much for joining us for this conversation. Rose is amazing! I find her passionate and enthusiasm for her work to be contagious. And I love the caring guiding ease with which she speaks about topics that are often really sensitive and uncomfortable for many of us.

The Recap

To recap, we discussed …

  1. How and why body image plays into intimacy
  2. How to move towards loving your body and creating more intimacy with your partner
  3. The surprising gift your give your partner when you share your whole truth
  4. Why and how to talk to your kids about sex

The conclusion of our conversation with Rose is coming up next week so, be sure to tune in then. From our conversation so far I think it’s safe to say you don’t want to miss it!

Action Items

Be sure to check out Rose’s links below. She has some amazing free resources to help you on your journey of having these conversations and reclaiming your sexuality.

Also check out the wonderful resources she shared to help you navigate these conversations with your kids. And if you haven’t yet listened to last week’s episode, check it out. Find the links to all of that and more in the show notes below.

One powerful way to sustain knew knowledge is to share highlights from what you’ve learned. So shoot me a DM on LinkedIn @synergisticstepparenting or on FaceBook @marianatapov and share your biggest takeaways and “Aha”s.

Until next time, be well!

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Links to Rose:



Let’s Talk About Sex – free guide


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Related Episodes:

Sex and Intimacy with Rose Schlaff – Part 1

Let’s Talk About Sex

Confessions of a Stepdaughter – The Sex Talk