Do you remember what it was like when your parents first talked to you about sex? Did they talk to you about sex? If they did, what would you change about the conversation that would have helped you as a child? Now that you’re a parent and faced with this task it is important to consider this question so that you can improve upon the conversation you once had with your own parents.
We live in a society where sexual diseases abound and sex is looked at as less of a sacred activity and more of an extracurricular one. Because of this, it is now more important than ever that you discuss sex with your child to avoid any sexual education behavior problems.
You don’t necessarily have to have a “sex talk” with your child. Instead, you may consider having several smaller talks occasionally which will help to reinforce the lessons you’re trying to teach, so that the occurrence of any sexual behavioral education problems is low.
Try to approach the topic by using a television program or commercial. If something about it is inappropriate discus this with your child. However, be relaxed about this. Yes, this is an important topic you need to discuss with your child, but don’t force them to respond in turn. If all they do is listen, then good. They may be too embarrassed to talk about it, but they’ll remember what you said. Make sure that you let your child know that you’re more than happy to answer any questions they may have on sex. If you provide them with an open forum, free from punishment, it will help them to be more honest with you, which will in turn allow you to prevent behavioral education problems from occurring.
If you’ve unfortunately put off talking with your child about sex and find out that he/she is sexually active, don’t get upset. It’s not too late to start educating your child. In fact, it is more important than ever before to establish an open line of communication about the topic. Make sure they know you disapprove of their actions, but also make sure they are using protection. Remember, it is never too late to correct a sexual behavioral education problem.