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Overcoming Obstacles that Prevent Parents from Talking to Their Kids About Sex

Rochelle walked into the room to find the contents of her purse dumped on the floor. Her three year old son held up a tampon and asked, “Mommy what’s this?”

Veronica and Tim are uninhibited about nudity. They dress and undress in front of their young children regularly. Recently, Veronica looked up and noticed her five year old son staring intently at her naked body. “I’d better do something about this,” she thought, “but what?”

Claudia was sliding the last batch of muffins into the oven when her nine year old daughter, interrupted with a question, “Mom, what’s an orgasm?”

Ready or not, like it or not, Rochelle, Veronica, and Claudia found themselves in the position of sex educator. If it hasn’t already, the same will happen to you soon. Are you ready?

Some parents attempt to avoid talking with their children about sexuality as long as possible. Others freeze-up when it comes to answering sex-related questions. The bottom line is this: sex and sexuality is a topic that your children want and need to know about. Children are going to obtain sexual information somewhere. Do you want to leave your child’s sexual education to television or to their peer group? Do you want them getting their information in your home from loving parents or on the street from acquaintances?

Below, are the six most frequent obstacles parents face when talking to their children about sex, along with strategies to overcome them. Use these suggestions to help you handle whatever obstacles you may be facing, to help you ease any fear you might be feeling and to help you find the words to talk to your children about sex. Now is the time to start talking to your children about sex. Now is the time to reclaim the important role as sex educator for your children.

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