Many parents plan “the talk” for months, expecting to get it done in one quick swoop! When “the talk” does not go as planned, we get frustrated. Talking with children about sexuality is a lifelong conversation. Doing a little bit at a time helps set realistic goals when we talk with our children. It also helps keep children from feeling overwhelmed.
When we talk to our children about sex, it is important to keep our conversation age appropriate. If a five-year-old asks, “What is birth?” we might respond, “When a baby comes out of a mother’s body.” If a 10-year-old asks the same question, our answer would have more detail and might begin with, “After nine months of growing inside its mother’s uterus, a baby comes out through her vagina…”
If you have not started talking with your children about sexuality yet, don’t try to catch up all at once! Start having conversations today! It is important to be open and available whenever a child wants to talk.
We need to give our kids truthful, useful, and accurate information. It is important to talk with teens about choosing abstinence until a lifelong monogamous relationship. Abstinence is 100% effective in preventing teenage pregnancy and the spread of STDs.