Talking about sex with your child is not easy. But, it can be a great way to build your relationship and trust with your child
It is a topic as old as time, the birds and the bees. Yet, many adults would rather work overtime for demanding bosses than
talk to their children about sex. "Let the teachers do it!" they may say.
Schools do help but cannot replace the role of parents. As parents, you are your child's first role models. How you behave with each other as a couple, could very well influence the way your child sees relationships.
Sexuality education programmes are also conducted in schools for students in upper primary to post-secondary level. Your child may have attended some of those programmes and you could ask them to share what they have learnt with you.
When parents open up with their children, kids will feel more confident about sharing their thoughts and feelings. They will not have to rely on distorted information from their friends, the mass media, or worse, the Internet.
Here's some quick advice to help you get started:
If your child feels comfortable asking you questions about sex, then you know you are on the right path. All it takes is the first step from you!
Visit Parent Hub, for more useful tips and guides to give your child a healthy start.
This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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