Top 3 Myths About the “Sex Talk”

Having the “sex talk” with your child is more important than ever. There are a lot of myths about what happens if we talk to children and teens about sex and sexuality. The following are 3 of the top myths I encounter in my work.

Yesterday we got news that the federal government is cutting $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research. We cannot rely on the government or schools to provide the sorely needed education our children need. So it’s more important now more than ever to make sure you have the skills and tools you need to keep your children safe. Make sure you are not letting anything stop you from these life-saving and life-enhancing conversations.

Myth #1: You need to have a “talk”

One of the most common misconceptions parents have is that there is a “sex talk.”  There is no one “sex talk.” Sexuality education is a conversation of a lifetime that will evolve as your children grow.

Sex is like Math

Think of sexuality education like teaching math. Do you ever have just one talk about math? No, we start with basics and build from there as they get older. You have to learn to add and subtract before you can do long division! Same thing with sexuality education. Start with making sure they know the correct names for their body parts, especially their “sexual” body parts.

The Proper Name

Do you feel uncomfortable saying them or feel they are too clinical? That is because you didn’t get this kind of education from the adults in your life! As adults we need to get comfortable with saying those words. To children they are just names, like elbow and nose. Practice in the m