Have You Had "The Talk" With Your Kids Yet?
In the TED Radio Hour episode How Should We Talk To Our Kids About Sex?
, author Peggy Orenstein mentions a survey that reported positive outcomes for girls that were spoken to candidly from an early age about healthy sexuality. After listening to this episode, Michael Gene was inspired to write a book that would make it easier for parents to have these talks with their kids.
Topics include our bodies, pleasure, consent, safety, and relationships. Additional content includes a pre-sex checklist, three must-knows before having sex, the secret to great sexual experiences, and word definitions.
Many young people engage in sexual behavior before their brains have fully developed and they understand the risks. Having made mistakes as a teen, Gene know how challenging it can be to always make the right decisions. By giving your kids accurate information, you can help them navigate the complexities of becoming sexually active and enjoy the healthy relationships they deserve.
Consider starting the conversation to help: Protect them from unplanned pregnancyIf and when they decide to become sexually active, teach them what options are available to protect against unplanned pregnancy. Protect them from diseasesTalk to them about the importance of protecting themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and how they can do that. Teach them about consentLet them know why consent is important and warn about the serious risks and consequences of sexual assault. Educate them about pornWith porn more easily accessible than ever, make sure your kids know that sex in porn is staged and is not an example of healthy sexual behavior. Emotional ConnectionHelp them see that sexual activity is more than a physical act and it is greatly enhanced when there is an emotional connection between partners.
As difficult as having "the talk" might seem, it is important for your kids to get this conversation started. Kids actually want help from their parents with these questions. As parents, if we don't teach them then what they learn about sex online and from their friends will likely be less than we hope for. Let's teach or kids sensibly information they can use to be healthy in all aspects of their lives, including sexuality.