How to create open healthy family conversations about friendships and relationships, sexuality and bodies, feelings and communication.All blogs
Age-appropriate conversations happen from when the childs verbal stage begins, do not wait until they are teens!
Use open-ended questions, reflect back their words & ideas, summarise, ask the child what they think/feel on the topics.
In the 21st Century it is crucial that our children learn to evaluate information they hear from their peers & the media.
Education is power and as parents/guardians we are always learning. There are so many useful resources to support you.
Terms like "vulva", "penis", "sex", "breasts" are accurate - demystify & normalise the use of these body words.
They will have hit the cringe phase by ages 13, 14, 15 & will find it difficult to engage with you, even if you are well meaning.
Some times as adults, we need to learn to listen more and ask open ended questions, which encourage our children to talk.
Demanding that they completely think the same as you will lead to fights.
Encourage discussion & debate.
There will be some things you need extra advice on, and don't be afraid to admit to your child that you too are learning.
Terms like "front bum", "willy", "birds & bees", "boobs" are slang words and only encourage feelings of embarrassment.