If you want your child to have a healthy, respectful and constructive view about sex, it is advisable to start talking about it early. Talking about sexuality with children may be uncomfortable at the beginning, but it gets easier with time. This is particularly important given the garbage they are exposed to now-a-days through media and a peer group largely influenced by the media.
The topic sexuality may refer to various aspects, such as physical development, reproduction, types of relationships, what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy, sexual behavior, and how to prevent pregnancy and STDs. There are three things which you must remember when looking to open up this topic with your child:
Most teens say that their parents were the biggest influence in making decisions about sex. Moreover, teens who report having meaningful conversations with their parents make better decisions about their sex life. To explain this better, kids who have conversation with their parents about sex are more likely to delay sexual activity till the right age, make lesser partners in their lives and use contraceptives for having safe sex.
You should talk about sex keeping in mind the child’s age and other factors as discussed below:
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