The development of information technology makes it really easy for our children to get information about anything, including sex. And not infrequently, the information they get freely sparks curiosity. How parents should behave towards this?
Discussing about sex would seem very strange indeed, but it is better for children if they find the source of information about it from their own parents. That way, children can understand what sexual relation is and how to make them handle this with a reasonable portion.
Many studies have concluded that the way to talk about sex to children is to form an open and honest discussion. This means that parents have to make children feel safe as well to talk about anything, since they were still children. That way, when you start the discussion, the children do not feel interrogated by the parents. Here are some following guides collected by Prevention from several studies that exist:
- The right time to begin discussions about sex to children is when they enter primary school age. At this age, children are old enough to understand the message we convey. Every time a child asks, like any weird questions, try to react as natural as possible. Thus the child will not feel afraid to find answers from his parents.
- If you feel uncomfortable to start a discussion, make a song or movie for grown-ups that caught their attention as an intermediary. Introduce them about the feeling of being in love, that making friends with the opposite sex is healthy, and most importantly how to make decisions for themselves.
- Make the library and religious leaders as sources of additional information for the children. This will help your child to get an idea on how should the opposite sex relationships, family relationships, and friendships formed. So the child can understand that every relationship to have a sense of responsibility to respect others.
- Limit your child’s interaction with sites that provide extra information about sex. This means that parents still have to monitor any information received by the child in accordance to their needs.
Hopefully, the tips above could make you not confuse anymore to answer children’s questions about sex