Our expert says:
I think one should be cautious about encouraging any expectation that talking about sex with children must somehow involve a complete adult confessional. That's not really the child's business, and encourages an inappropriate degree of sharing. Its more important for the parent to share their conclusions, what they have learned from their experiences, of sex and of life.
The basis of the relationship with a child is based on openness and truth ABOUT THE PRESENT and the relationship between them, not a full confession of everything the adult ever did.
As Maria wisely puts it, you also need to demonstrate the right to appropriate privacy. And whereas the child should have limited secrets from the parents while the parents have legal and othwerwise responsibility for the child's well-being, the reverse does not hold.
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