Some experts advocate that sexuality education should ideally begin during infancy and toddlerhood. Being held and touched in an affectionate, nurturing way is the first introduction that a child has to a loving relationship. When many parents find out that a comprehensive sexuality education can begin before their child even speaks, they aren’t sure what to do or say and might feel overwhelmed by the task.
To try and help, I’ve put together an age-by-age guide on the major topics that parents should be thinking about and trying to cover with their children. It may seem like a long way off before difficult subjects come up in conversation with your kids, but they are listening and watching everything you do. The things you say about your body (or bodies of others), the way you react when they see you naked, and the way you talk about what parts of their body are used for set the stage for their own feelings about their bodies and sexual relationships. You are the first sex educator they have, and one of the most important. Don’t take it lightly.
Below you’ll find each guide. If you have specific questions about talking to your children, please leave a comment.
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