Many, possibly most, parents are less than proactive in talking about sex with their children, and don’t deal with it until moments like these:
- Your toddler begins exploring his or her body in public and you’re not sure how to deal with it.
- You wonder at what point it’s “not okay” to let your child see you without clothes on.
- Your child asks you where they came from or where other babies come from.
- Your child begins to ask questions about their body and why it looks different from their brothers or sisters.
Each of these are important teaching moments, and if you want to avoid dealing with situations and questions at awkward or inconvenient times (say, in the middle of a holiday service, at a family dinner, or just as your rushing off to work) you’re best protection is to be proactive, and Take space for sex talks on an ongoing basis.
Teaching your children about sex should begin as soon as you’re communicating with them. If they have questions they’ll let you know. And even if they don’t, you can let them know that you’re open to the questions by including sex education in all the things you teach them.