Beginning a conversation about sexuality early and continuing that conversation as the child grows is the best sex education strategy. It lets parents avoid giving one big talk when the child reaches adolescence, when they may think they already have the information and won’t be receptive. When talking to your kids about sex, it’s important to explain things in a way that your child can understand, given their age and level of development.
Here are some facts about talking to young kids about sex ed :
- It’s never too early to talk to your kinds about sex ed topics. Just keep the conversation age appropriate and relevant to their questions.
- Brief, more frequent talks are more effective than one big talk. Keep conversations short and sweet. There’s never just one big talk, brief, more frequent touchpoint are so much more impactful than one long conversation.
- You can’t share too much. Kids will absorb what they are developmentally ready to absorb. If you start talking over their head or sharing too much detail, they will tune you out.
- Kids just want the basics. When a young child asks where babies come from, they are being 100% literal. They just want to know the science of how a new life comes to be; they don’t want to know about intimacy.
- It’s on you to start a conversation. Use everyday moments to naturally start a conversation. The longer you wait, the more likely it is they will get their information somewhere else first.
More tips in my next post on sex ed.