How to Talk to Kids About Sex

I often hear people ask the question, to their friends or on parenting forums, “How do I talk to my child about sex?”

This question has always confused me because talking to my children is something that has come rather naturally to me. There are parts of parenting that I struggle with, no doubt. For instance, remembering to wash their bed sheets and avoiding power struggles over meals. But for some odd reason, the topics of conversation which my peers often avoid with their own children are topics I do not feel quite so squeamish about.

How to Talk to Kids About Sex - Real Life Conversations transcribed by a Real Mom

For that reason, I’ve started transcribing some of these conversations to share with you, my readers.
Please keep in mind that this isn’t everything, this is simply a snapshot. Talking to our children about sex is not something we can undertake once and be done with, but rather it is an on-going conversation throughout their childhood. Starting with toddlers who are just learning their own anatomy and gradually increasing information as it is age appropriate for the child. Just a few minutes of honest conversation a few times a week is all it takes to raise well-informed and unashamed children.

The following are real conversations that occurred between myself and my two children. These were not planned nor scripted conversations, but organic discussion that flowed from real life situations. Some were prompted by me in the spur of the moment, others were prompted by questions my children asked me.

Part One is a conversation that took place between my daughter and I between bath time and bed time.
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Part Two is a conversation that took place between my daughter and I when she randomly poked me while we were cuddling.
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Part Three is a conversation that took place between my son and I when he walked in on me in the bathroom.
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Part Four is a conversation that took place between my son and I when he was trying to avoid bedtime.
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Part Five is a conversation that took place between my son and I when he had an itchy penis.
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As my children grow, the conversation will evolve and I will continue to share new posts on this page at each new stage in our discussions, so be sure to check back from time to time.

In the mean time, you might also be interested in How to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.

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1 Comment to How to Talk to Kids About Sex

  1. KT says:

    I love the honesty! I’m with you; I don’t understand why some people are so uncomfortable with informing their littles about such a natural process. I hope your readers leave this with the knowledge that the smallest comment can lead to a learning experience. It sure saves us from having to have ‘the talk’ at a more awkward age. My children know they can ask me anything and I will answer it honestly as far as my knowledge allows. Good to see someone who agrees. 🙂

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