Talking to your child about relationships and sex can be a daunting task and one you may want to avoid for as long as possible. Talking to your child about their sexual development should be as normal as teaching them about numbers and letters and it is just as important.

Talking about relationships and sexual health in an age-appropriate and honest manner is essential to promote the healthy sexual development of your child. It also helps them to delay early sexual activity and will help your child make healthy positive choices about their sexuality.    

You may be asking yourself questions such as:

  • ‘when do I start?’
  • ‘where do I start?’
  • ‘what do I say?
  • ‘how much do I tell them?’

Sexual health is a big subject area. It covers topics such as:

  • Naming all your body parts including your genitals
  • What is love
  • Who can touch you; where and when
  • Public and private body parts
  • How are babies made and how do babies come out.
  • Questions about the different bodies of males and females
  • Why daddy stands up to have a wee or why mummy sits down to have a wee