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Tips every parent needs to make sex education less awkward (ii)

Still on the matter of making ‘the talk’ less embarrassing, you can trust the tips I am dishing out here to be effective!

4. Do it as part of another activity

What helps is if you and your teenage child are engaged in something else when you bring up the topic. For example, you could be doing laundry, cooking or cleaning together. This way, if you feel awkward about the conversation, the fact that you are busy with something else masks it and makes it easier. 

5. Don’t threaten

What most of our parents told us when we began our periods was, “If a man now touches you, you will instantly get pregnant” or “If you dare get pregnant, don’t bother coming back home”. Statements like that only instill fear, give a warped idea of sex, and dissuade the child from ever asking you questions, and when they are not asking you, they are asking someone else whom you cannot trust to give the right answers.

6. Get the right materials

To make your job easier, you can get parenting aids like books and videos. Go over them together like a mini-study group-discussion. This way, you are not at a complete loss as to what you should say or what you shouldn’t. Remember to carefully vet the material first.

7. Recruit someone else’s help

If having that conversation with your child is proving difficult, you could always ask a trusted relative or friend to help. However, I would not recommend this. You should create an environment where your children come to you, not anyone else. Be sure to be there during the conversation, though.

Beginning to feel better about talking to your child about sex? Great, we will be rounding this up soon…in the next installment.

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