Have you talked to your child/children about sex? If you have toddlers, have you thought about how and when you are going to talk about it?
Does the mere mention of talking about it scare the heck out of you? Make you feel embarrassed, unqualified, weird...etc.?
I think one word sums up why so many parents fail to talk to their kids about sex: fear.
Fear that you are a hypocrite if you try to teach your kids something about sex that perhaps you didn't do yourself.
Fear that you don't know what to say or how to say it.
Fear that you are unqualified to teach about sex.
Fear that it will be weird or awkward.
Fear that if you talk about it your kids will ask you questions you don't want to answer.
Fear that you may have to face your own "issues" with sex (possibly some core lies).
There are many reasons we don't talk with our children about sex, but it's time to put away our fears and do our job as parents. Our fears must be dealt with so that we can get on with the business of sharing with our children one of the most beautiful gifts that God gave us.
You, the parent, are the best person to talk with your kids about sex. You guide them, instill in them a moral code, and have the ability to give accurate information with integrity. You have the opportunity to turn the world's idea of misplaced sex into the joyful, positive, beautiful thing that it is. You are the one who will link sex to marriage, family, love and commitment. You are the one who can potentially protect your child from sexual abuse by giving them the tools and guidance they need regarding sex. You.
Over the next few days we are going to dig in on when and how to talk to your children about sex. Tomorrow we talk freely about the details...and the freedom in the details.
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How To Talk To Your Kids About Sex, Part 2 (Why and When)
How To Talk To Your Kids About Sex, Part 2 Continued (How)
How To Talk To Your Kids About Sex, Part 3 - Firm Foundation (Plus Questions & Comments)
What are you most afraid of when it comes to talking about sex with your kids?