Health Tips: Parents and healthy sex education for their children

Health Tips: Parents and healthy sex education for their children

As parents, we want to give the best of ourselves in all aspects of our parenting role. This can be difficult, even disconcerting, during the "great moments" of their development. For many parents, educating their children and adolescents about sexual health is one of those "great moments".

Your children will hear about sexuality in the media, at school, on the Internet and, of course, talking with their friends. Fortunately, research suggests that children and adolescents seek advice, support and information from their parents.

As a parent, you may have asked yourself the following questions:

What is the right time to discuss sexuality?

Is it possible to give too much sexual information to my children?

Should I answer all their questions now?

Should I allow the use of contraceptive methods?

It is very important to answer your children's questions about sexuality. However, since many children do not ask questions, it is also important for you, as a parent, to start the conversation with them. Here are some practical tips that might help you with regard to sex education for your children.

Practical advice

Demonstrate to them often and unreservedly the love and affection you have for them.

Talk clearly about your values ​​and attitudes.

Discuss sexuality with them from a young age and talk about it often. Sex education for your children is a lifelong affair, not a one-day discussion.

Do not leave your children and teenagers unattended. Set limits and offer advice.

Be aware of the programs they are listening to and the websites they visit.

Get to know their friends and families.

Do not encourage early and serious relationships.

Do not encourage relationships with people with significant age differences.

Help and encourage your teens to set goals and continue their education.

Be open-minded.

Anticipate your children's questions to prepare your answers.

Give simple and fair answers. Share your feelings and values.

Be patient and listen carefully.

Take advantage of "educational opportunities" such as: programs or advertisements with sexual content; a pregnant woman; Or a news story about teen pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. Long walks in the car encourage exchanges.

If you do not know the answer to a question your child is asking, or if you feel uncomfortable, say so.This does not matter. If necessary, use the external sources of support that are available.

Sexual health is an important aspect of our identity throughout our lives and deserves to be respected and protected. Research shows that children and adolescents with a good understanding of various aspects of sexual health are the most likely to delay their sexual activities or to protect themselves from potential dangers when they decide to have sex. Children and adolescents with good sexual health are also more likely to have a good self-image, good interpersonal skills and strong decision-making skills.

Your role as a parent is an important part of your children's sex education. So if your children ask you questions, answer. If they do not ask questions, it's up to you to ask them. If you need help, do not hesitate to contact your primary care provider. You may also contact the Sexual Health Program or other valuable sources of community support.


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