Being open to talk about their body parts in the correct terms allow the child to be more open in the future when it comes to talking about themselves (whether health related or not) in the future. Parents who are not comfortable saying the correct terms, or make fun of saying “penis” or “vagina” in front of the kids give the kids an idea that it is funny, laughable or even shameful.
Elementary school age
Since we are living in a modern society where technology and the internet are thriving, it is also an added responsibility for parents to educate their children about explicit content on the web.
During this period, kids this age must be well-informed about talking and sharing private photos with strangers online. This is also a delicate time where they can come across pornography websites.
Aside from installing protective software on your home computers or laptops, equipping kids with the right guidelines is also vital.
This age is also the ideal moment where you can further explain what sex is all about.
You can start by talking about masturbation, and proceed to the actual reproduction process.
It is completely fine if your kid finds this uncomfortable, so just delay the conversation and wait for them to be ready. And when they are, parents should also be ready to explain what the kids are expecting to hear. Again, if they are shy to talk about sex with their kids, the kids will feel some sense of shyness or shame as well.
Pre-teen years is when you talk about puberty, along with physical changes, such as the growth of pubic hair for boys ages 10-16 years and fullness of breasts in girls ages 10 & up.
Also, you might want to warn your daughters about the occurrence of menstruation.
Aside from the introduction of puberty, the pre-teen years are also the best years for parents to discuss sexual abuse with their children.
Yes, the idea of sexual abuse can be frightening, but this will help your children learn how to protect not only themselves but other people as well.
Teenagers are more open to more complicated topics, so it would be good to revisit all your previous conversations about sex.
This is the perfect time to educate them about safe sex and the use of contraceptives.
In the course of their teenage years, It is also advisable for parents to continuously remind their children about consent and about sharing their intimate photos online.
The conversations you’ve been having with a child about sex since they were young will help them navigate their teenage years.
These will also hone them to become responsible adults in the future.