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Having The Birds-And-The-Bees Talk

Having The Birds-And-The-Bees Talk


As parents, help your children understand this topic; so that they get the right information.

“Where do babies come from?” Through the generations, parents have faced that moment of truth when their children ask about sex and reproduction. No one can actually predict the age at which children are likely to bombard you with such questions. Queries related to sex, sexuality, pregnancy, periods, sexual organs, sexual preferences and other issues can come up randomly, and you need to tackle them, no matter how embarrassed you feel discussing these issues with your child. Don’t be caught unawares; here’s how you can manage the situation:

Don’t Dodge
If you think that you are going to avoid the situation just by dodging the questions or diverting your child’s attention, you are wrong. In all probability, your child will ask these questions again or, worse, go to others with such queries. Therefore, be ready to answer the questions.

Be Factual
Of course, how factual you can possibly be depends on your child’s age. You cannot possibly go deep into biology lessons when your child is just 10 years old. Just keep the answer simple, lucid and gentle. Don’t scold your child if he or she is ready with a few more questions on the subject. Don’t talk or explain more than is necessary.

Read Together
Experts say that parents can read a book that deals with the science of it all, together with their children. The idea is to learn about sex in a scientific and factual manner. It should be a matter-of-fact engagement.

Ask Teachers
Most schools are likely to arrange for sex education classes these days. If you feel bewildered and totally at a loss as to how you can handle sex questions from your children, take the help of the teachers. Ask them how they handle the subject.

Set Boundaries
Should you explain things to your child by citing instances from your own sex life? Experts say ‘no’. There are certain boundaries between parents and children; don’t overstep these by discussing your personal sex experiences with your child.

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