The huge benefit of talking to your kids from an early age is that you have empowered them with the knowledge to be able to make good decisions about sex
Adolescence is when sex education really starts to get sexual! There’s a lot of tough topics out there – dating, contraception, when to have sex, how to say ‘no’, to name a few!
You will also have a relationship with them where they know that they can talk to you about anything – and I mean anything!
The information that you have given your child is important, but what really matters is that you are talking about it! That is what really matters!
Cath Hakanson is a mother, nurse, sex educator and founder Sex Ed Rescue . Bringing her 20+ years clinical knowledge, a practical down-to-earth approach, and passion for helping families, Cath inspires parents to talk to their kids about sex so that kids can talk to their parents about anything! Sex Ed Rescue arms parents with the tools, advice and tips to make sex education a normal part of everyday life. Get her free ‘ Age Specific Topic Guide ‘ that you can quickly refer to.
thanks so much for this article, have learn alot, my question goes thus…. my kids close their eyes whenever they see people kissing or about to make love on TV, they are 13 and 9years, although have being talking to them about sex before now, what more can i do in this situation?
Hi Cath….what a great article. I am an 81 year old grampy with 3 teenage female grandchildren….17 to 15 years of age. Here in North America, our sex ed programs are dismal.We are slightly better off than our friends south of us, BUT ,way behind the europeans. In my discussion with my grand daughters and their parents , it is obvious that the very basics are covered, but the nitty gritty is still taboo. What a shame, The link below is to a wonderful Norwegian series. There are 8 modules and links to others. In my mind, this is the best sex ed I have ever heard about. The Dutch have an almost as good series as well. If only we had had this kind of info and open mindness back in the 50’s ! Imagine showing a penis or a vulva, and horror of horrors, a clitoris. Hell, we didn’t know what it was much less where it was. Too much info….don’t think so. If a mom and dad could sit with their kid and watch, and discuss, we would have fewer messed up kids……and adults. Just a thought. I really enjoy this web site. Congratulations…..David G
i have been disturb on how to start sex education with my kids,but by what i have read here. I can go ahead without fear and regret.Thank you so much
I have a 10 year old boy and have not touched that subject, but I know that I have to do that anytime soon. My son seems to not have interest/know about sex as he still plays with his toys What I would like to know is who should be a better fit to do this talk, mom or dad, or both?
Thanks Cath for the great article! My 6yo daughter has started asking questions and I was absolutely unprepared and lost for answers … my first reaction was panick and asked mum if she still had a copy of ‘where did I come from’ ?? Finding this article has helped me regroup and know I can talk with facts and confidence to help her understand. I’ve joined your list too ?