In our office we often find ourselves encouraging parents to begin talking to their kids about sex. The response we usually get after making this recommendation is this:
“You want me to do what?”
Any adult would agree that sexuality is a very important part of being human. Reflecting on our sexuality can bring about a wide variety of emotions including anxiety, embarrassment, hurt, guilt, joy, contentment and pleasure.
Talking to your kids about sex can also bring this smorgasbord of emotions. Depending on our past experiences and our current attitudes toward sex and our own sexuality, this can make talking to your kids about sex a natural or, as in most cases, a not-so-natural experience. Therefore, the “birds and the bees” talk is often put off as long as possible.
Why should I be talking to my kids about sex?