By: Amy Lang
No matter how hip, open, informed, or confident you may be, talking to kids about sex can be tough! It can feel awkward and uncomfortable for both you and your kids to have these conversations, but don’t let these feeling deter you.
Over and over again, when teens are surveyed, they say the people who have the most influence over their sexual decision-making are their parents. We are powerful, we have influence and they want and need to hear from us.
School won’t handle it –neither will their peers and the media –so that leaves us. And most of us are really pretty clueless as to how and when these conversations should start.
Here are some tips to help you out along the way. Remember, this is about health (both physical and emotional) and safety. The sooner you start (age 5 isn’t too young), the better. And kids who have open communication with their parents about sexuality are offered some protection from sexual abuse.
And really, just do it! So they won’t “do it” without thoughtful preparation and protection and make you a grandparent before you’re ready.
There are more general tips for talking to your kids on my website, as well as video tips, book suggestions, interviews, my Mom’s Choice Award®-winning books and products, including my video, Birds + Bees + Kids = The Basics. This video is for parents of all beliefs to help everyone become confident about talking to their kids about sex.
Amy Lang, MA, teaches parents of all beliefs how to talk to kids about sex through consultations, workshops, videos, teleclasses and talks. She is a three-time Mom’s Choice Award®-winner for her products and books.
Watch video, sign up for her newsletter, read her blog, and schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation at her website BirdsAndBeesAndKids.com. A sexual health educator for over 20 years, Amy also has a MA in Applied Behavioral Science. Follow Amy on Twitter @BirdsAndBees, where she Tweets funny things kids say about sex or be her Fan on Facebook!
Amy Lang’s Keep Kids Safe PSA
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