Talking to your children about safe sex, their bodies and that it’s ok to say “NO”

For many generations gone by and for all those to come, the sometimes-difficult conversations to be had with our children regarding safe sex, learning about their bodies and that it’s ok to say “NO” has gone on and will continue to go on.  As parents and grandparents, it’s part of our responsibilities as child educators to teach our children the correct terminology for their body parts, and that when it comes to sex, it really is ok to say “NO”!  Children as young as seven, that’s Primary school age are being taught Sex Education as part of the normal curriculum, they are taught about mood swings and wet dreams, hormone effects and the proper name for each part of their bodies.  To prepare your child for these discussions at school, parents need to talk openly and honestly with their young children about what they need to know.  Contraception and safe sex, alongside making sure they are ready mentally for a relationship that’s intimate and sexual.

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Use guide books aimed at the appropriate age for your child, keep the conversations honest and take time to answer any questions your child may raise.  If your child is older and already in a sexual relationship, keep the lines of communication open so if they want to talk about a worry or concern, they know they can talk to you, and you will listen and give them an honest and forthright answer. Say for example your son or daughter comes to you and is worried that the person they have been intimate with has been unfaithful.  Stay calm and reassuring while at the same time making sure they understand the importance of using some  Bexley Home STI kits available from different reputable companies.  Make a doctor’s appointment with them so that their test can be followed up and they can get advice from a professional medical practitioner.

Both boys and girls should all be taught the same, that when they reach the age, they feel they are ready for an intimate and sexual relationship, if they don’t want to have sex then they don’t have to, and it really is ok to say “NO”!  If you start talking to your child at a young age and use correct terminology for their bodies, discussions about sex and relationships will flow much easier as they grow older.

 

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