How to talk about sex to our children


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How to talk about sex to our children

  1. 1. How to Talk about Sex to our Children…<br />
  2. 2. Start Early<br />Children are hearing about tough issues at early ages.<br />As a parent you have a wonderful opportunity to talk to your child about these issues first, before anyone else can confuse your child with incorrect information or explanations that lack the sense of values you want to instill. <br />
  3. 3. Initiate Conversations with Your Child…. <br />While you may want your child to feel comfortable enough to come to you with any questions and concerns, and thus give you the opportunity to begin conversations, this doesn’t always occur.<br />At times it is necessary to begin the discussion yourself. (tv)<br />The best technique: use simple words and straightforward explanations.<br />Your children are hearing about sex through the media and on the playground, and that information may not include the values that you want your children to have.<br />
  4. 4. Create an Open Environment<br />Young children want their parents to disscuss difficult subjects with them. But they will look to you for answers only if they feel you will be open to their questions.<br />Be encouraging, supportive and positive.<br />You don’t need to all of your children's questions immediately.<br />
  5. 5. Communicate Your Values<br />Research shows that children want and need moral guidance from their moms and dads, so don’t hesitate to make your beliefs clear.<br />
  6. 6. Listen to your Child<br />Its important to find time to give children your undivided attention.<br />Listening carefully to your children builds self-esteem by letting your youngsters that they are important to you.<br />
  7. 7. Try to be Honest<br />They deserve honest answers and explanations. This is what will strengthen your children's ability to trust. <br />When parents don’t provide a straightforward answer, kids make up their own fantasy explanations, which can be more frightening that any real , honest response you might offer.<br />
  8. 8. Be Patient<br />Let your children think at their own pace…show them that they are worthy of your time.<br />
  9. 9. Use Everyday Opportunities to Talk<br />Children tend to resist formal discussions, often categorizing them as just another lecture from mom or dad. Use “talk opportunities” , moments that a rise in everyday life, as occasion for discussions, your children will be a lot less likely to tune you out.<br />
  10. 10. Talk about it Again and Again…<br />Since most young children can only take in small bits of information at any one time, they wont learn all they need to know about a particular topic from a single discussion. That’s why it is important to let a little time pass, then ask your child to tell you what he or she remembers about your conversation. This will let you correct any misconceptions and fill in missing facts.<br />Children often ask questions again and again over time. This repetition is perfectly normal, so be prepared and tolerant.<br />
  11. 11. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation<br />