Wondering whether your child is ready for the birds & bees talk?
They are. Right now. No matter how old they are, they are ready.
Really. It’s totally true.
Why on earth would you say that?
I believe your primary job as your child’s parent is summed up in one short and sweet phrase:
Keeping them healthy and safe.
That’s it. Your job is to do everything in your power to keep your children healthy and safe.
I believe talking about sex and sexuality is all about health and safety.
Think about it for a minute — they need to know about how their body works (all the parts), so they can make healthy decisions from a physical standpoint.
They need to know about relationships and dating so they can make healthy decisions from an emotional (and social) standpoint.
They need to know how to be safe, both emotionally and physically when it comes to sex and relationships.
See? Health and safety.
You are the best sex educator for your child because you will share your values. Values are hugely important to kids when it comes to sexual decision making.
And when you provide correct and research supported information about puberty, birth control, sexual practices, sexually transmitted infections and all of the physical aspects of sexuality, they make better choices and feel better about those choices as well.
Start the talk yesterday.
Get a book and jump right in. Your kids read all the time so this is a normal part of their lives. If you are still reading to them, bonus! Toss a book in with the regular reading and go for it.
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