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05 February 2016

Dreading that sex talk?

Well-informed children make better-informed decisions regarding their sexuality. Unfortunately, many parents are confused about what they should tell their children, and when and how this should happen. Take action: Remember that sex education is an ongoing process – questions should be answered naturally and in an age-appropriate fashion; model the lessons you want to teach your children through your own behaviour, expectations and messages; know your facts, even if it means reading up; when asked for facts, give facts, not your own ideas or values; encourage curiosity and self-confidence in your children – curious children end up being better informed and self-confident children overcome peer pressure more easily; foster positive feelings about sexuality; and answer what is asked, without going into unnecessary details.

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