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Quick Tips for Parents

A Few Quick Tips:

  • Make it a lifelong conversation (keep it age appropriate and start young, no toddler will role his eyes and sigh when you tell him the proper name for his penis, plus, by having a continual conversation throughout children's lives about these topics, both parents and children feel more comfortable talking with each other)
  • Know your comfort level
  • Share your own sexual values
  • Give your child permission to ask about sex
  • Use age-appropriate language
  • Allow for adequate time to talk about sex—don’t rush it; car rides can be great opportunities for this, the child cannot walk away, and both members are partially distracted by driving, so some of the pressure that can arise during these conversations can be relieved.
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