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When to Talk to Kids about Sex

By February 26, 2008 - 2:50pm
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What age do you think it is appropriate to talk to kids about sexuality? What topics do you discuss, and who does the talking? What has changed between your parents' generation, your generation and your child's generation, in relation to human sexuality and relationships?

Since having a toddler, I've realized how early the sexuality talk may occur. When I take off my son's diaper, his hands immediately start exploring...most likely at his age, it is just an expression of, "thank goodness that bulky thing is off of me for a minute!". But, I figure if he's already exploring his body now, same with exploring his little toes, that in no time he'll want to know names of body parts. Then, comes explaining relationships to him; differences between acquaintances, friends, family, teachers, boyfriends/girlfriends, mommy and daddy, etc. These are all aspects of "human sexuality"; not just intercourse as I think is misinterpreted when the general public is asked this question. Generally, I've read that the most important aspect of talking with your child is to let them ask the questions and guide the conversation, and answer their questions honestly (not cute names or slang terms).

What are your thoughts? Have you had to talk with your children about human sexuality? How did the talk go?

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