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Tips every parent needs to make sex education less awkward

It is understandable that talking about sex with your children is awkward. Most of us never had a conversation with our parents. However, that does not mean we should leave our children in the dark.

In these times when lots of conflicting views are being aired, your children need your guidance more than ever. Therefore, leaving them to their devices on this issue is a failure on your part as a parent.

So, how do you go about it?

1. Start from a very early age

Sex education is a continuous process, thus, it can be broken down into age-appropriate bits for your children. Teaching about privacy, one’s body parts and inappropriate contact arms the child against sexual predators and makes them very aware of themselves. You can start with the PANTS song from age 3 or 4.

2. Let it flow naturally

When you have teenagers and you want to broach the subject of sex, you don’t have to make it a big deal where you invite them into your room and begin asking embarrassing questions. Instead, you could start it as a casual conversation. And remember, it is a continuous process so you may cover only a part of it like puberty and menstruation then leave the rest for another time. One-off conversations like we had with our parents are never the best because they don’t answer all the questions. 

3. Never react in horror

If your child is the one who brings up the topic or asks something explicit, don’t shut him/her down or react in horror. Instead, answer the questions as truthfully as you can and if it is a case of information about sex that you are uncomfortable with, you can gently ask where he/she got the notion from then explain why it is wrong. 

Ready for more tips? I am ready to dish more in the next installment!

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