The big talk: How to handle your child's sex and reproduction questions

It is important that you discuss human sexuality with your child as soon as he or she begins to ask about it.

It is important that you discuss human sexuality with your child as soon as he or she begins to ask about it.

What you need to know:

  • Do not lecture your child or stop them when they begin to open up.
  • It is important that you discuss human sexuality with your child as soon as she or he begins to ask about it.
  • Bear in mind that your child already has a view on human sexuality, which may not be far from the truth.

Eva Gichuki realised that her daughter was becoming sexually aware from the way she inquisitively watched love scenes in movies and soap operas. "Whenever a couple began kissing or appeared to get intimate, she would throw curious glances at me as though she wanted to ask about it," says the 31-year-old mother of two. Eventually, her daughter popped the big question. "Mummy," she posed, "where do babies come from?"

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