Parents are best suited to have sex talk with children

If there’s one thing that makes parents really squirm, it’s the thought of talking about sex with their children. ILLUSTRATION | IGAH

What you need to know:

  • Make talking about sex feel absolutely normal. Like if your four-year-old asks where babies come from, give a brief, honest, and age-appropriate answer. And use real names for everything. Referring to “private parts”, or giving things silly names, tells your children that sex is some sort of taboo.
  • Start teaching internet safety early too — children are very sharp these days. And don’t kid yourself that they don’t have access — they’ve got friends!

If there’s one thing that makes parents really squirm, it’s the thought of talking about sex with their children. From that first innocent question about where babies come from, all the way through to teen issues.

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