We Need to Talk to Prevent Sexual Abuse - Page 2
Explore your own attitudes: Studies show that parents who speak openly with their children about sex and relationships, and who actually listen yield teens who are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.
Start Early: When our children are toddlers, we're inclined to stop body part identifications at nose and toes. Including other body parts in your talks allows you to have a gradual continuous flow of information so that they understand the subject well.
Talk about more than the birds and the bees: Knowing the biology behind sex is great, but as far as teaching your children is concerned, that's not enough. Extend your discussions to the emotional aspects of a sexual relationship, and you'll be equipping your child with the tools that they need to make informed decisions later on in life.
Stopping sexual abuse, possible molestation, or any type of risky sexual activities often begins at home with your kids. Don't be afraid to take that first step, and have a constant open dialogue with your child. Any uneasiness or discomfort that you may have will be worth it.
For more tips on how to talk to your children about all sorts of tough issues, visit www.childrennow.org