Talking to your kid about sex can be daunting. So we asked the experts how and when to cover everything from sex and puberty to gender identity and consent. Lindsay Kneteman September 24, She told herself that, when it came to how to talk to kids about sex, she would be open and honest. Now a mom to a month-old and a two-and-a-half-year-old, King wants to keep that promise. They recommend weaving sex into everyday discussions, layering in more information over time and introducing certain concepts at specific ages.
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When I was a teenager a friend of mine got pregnant. Another got talked into having sex when she did not want to. A third got raped by her boyfriend and a fourth got a sexually transmitted disease. But, to this day, none of them has ever spoken about these things. At the time they convinced themselves that it was their own fault. They remain ashamed and embarrassed and continue to live with terrible memories. These four girls suffer all for one reason: they did not know about sex.
Give up on the idea of presenting the subject in one big talk -- you'll overwhelm your child with more bewildering and even distasteful information than she can process at once. Instead, think of it as a gentle conversation that will take place over several months or perhaps even years. Keep your explanations as simple and specific to the discussion as you can. A 6-year-old wondering what "birth control" means is not necessarily asking you to delineate the mechanics of intercourse.
Talking to girls about sex today has changed a lot, since I was a teenager! As a counselor and mom of three daughters, I wanted to know exactly how the conversation has changed. Her research has enlightened me regarding this generation of girls and how they are learning about sex, talking about it, and having it. Times have certainly changed.