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Talking With Your Child About Sexual Health

Parents are the most important sex educators of their children

Talk SexChildren start the lifelong process of learning about sexuality from the time they are born. As a parent, you have a wonderful opportunity to help your child grow up to be a loving, caring, sexually healthy adult.

Sexuality is much more than sex. It includes our sense of who we are and how we feel about ourselves as sexual beings. You teach your child by what you do and say. The tone of your voice and the feelings you express are as important as the words you use.

Most of us grew up in families and societies that gave us confusing messages about sex. You may feel uncomfortable about talking with your child if you grew up with negative messages or confusing information.

Things to consider:

  • Who talked to you about sex?
  • What are your own attitudes about sex?
  • How might you pass on your feelings - both positive and negative to your child?