“Don’t call it a pee-pee or a hoo-hah.”

Talking with your children about sex.

Talking to our children about sexuality helps to protect them.

Call it a vagina.

Call it a penis and testicles.

Talk with your child about their bodies early and often.

Don’t make a huge deal out of it.

Reducing shame increases conversation.

Photo by Slim Emcee (UG) the poet Truth_From_Africa_Photography on Unsplash

Do your own work around sex and sexuality.

You are a parent; this likely means that you had sex along the way to parenthood.

It is OK to share your values around sex with your child.

But remember that preserving a relationship with your child is important enough that if your child steps outside those values, leave them a path to come home.

Be honest and accurate and age-appropriate.

Do not lie or attempt to scare your children.

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clinical social worker, spiritual director, author, husband, father, son, runner in Georgia, co-author of When Anxiety Strikes from Kregel Publications.

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