Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Educating Your Teen Child About Sex

In this progressive generation of computers, cell phones and electronic gadgets, lots of information are fed to your children in several ingenious ways. This information may or may not be appropriate for them. As a parent, it is your responsibility to "educate" your children with the basic knowledge of important topics that is appropriate for their age. One of these important topics is sex.

As children grow they become more and more conscious of their bodies and the accompanying physiological changes that go with it. They begin to notice that their breasts start to enlarge and the contours of their bodies are enhanced. This would be the proper time to educate them about sex.

Here are some tips that could help you with this challenging task:

1. Approach the subject like any other subject matter. Do not demonstrate any awkwardness or guilty reluctance when discussing the topic. Any signs of these will denote to the child that sex is something dirty and evil.

On the other hand, do not use street language to describe the sexual organs. Use their proper scientific names, like vagina, penis, uterus and ovum. You must stress too, that talking about your private organs in public is improper as these are very personal information.

2. Your child should take active participation in his learning process. Ask questions like: "Can you name some differences between a female and a male body? "

You can start your "lecture" by expounding on his answers. "You're right the female has bigger breasts, this is because" and proceed to the functions of these organs, and then the rest will fall into place.

3. You could buy a simplified book or chart about anatomy and physiology, with the colored pictures of the human reproductive organs. Through visual aids, the pictures of the organs would make him more understand your explanations.

4. You could also make use of the internet to show pictures and interactive videos that can show the functions of the organs and how the biological cells look like. You could allow them to participate to make learning fun.

5. Don't forget to add significant information about the dangers of pre-martial sex (unwanted pregnancy, STDs) and sexual promiscuity. Explain in very simple terms how these dreaded diseases are transmitted and acquired. Show vivid pictures of syphilis chancres, genital sores and AIDS inflicted persons so that he would have an indelible picture in his mind of the dangers of sexual promiscuity.

6. It is crucial that you should give a positive concept of sexual intercourse to your child by explaining to him that performing the act is a wonderful expression of love between two people. This entails great responsibilities though, that could be fulfilled when the couples are married.

Whatever method you decide to use, what should be foremost in your mind is to let the child learn that the sex act should be done only when the two persons involved are responsible enough to carry the responsibilities it would eventually entail.

Photo 1 by moaksey

Photo 2 by Jaci Berkopec


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