If Your Past is Messed Up, How Do You Help Your Kids Do Better?
Raise your hand if you’ve ever made decisions in the past about sex that you are not proud of.
When you think about your sexual history, you cringe with a level of shame you don’t wish anyone to know about, let alone your teenage daughter or son. It’s a daunting prospect to think about having the ‘sex talk’ with your kids for fear of judgement and a lack of understanding.
Does this sound familiar???!!
Or perhaps you fear failure in communicating with your children about the sensitive subject of sex?
Wouldn’t it feel absolutely amazing to you to take the fear out of having the sex talk?
I know it is an extremely important goal for you to be a great parent to your children and to equip them with the tools they need to live the best life they can. And that includes the scary conversations about sex, boys (or girls), and puberty.
This post will walk you through how to approach the sex talk without fear and shame. When you’re done reading this post, you’ll know exactly how to have that sensitive and dreaded conversation. Ready? Let’s dive in!
5 Steps to Helping Your Kids Make Better Decisions about Sex
Before you start diving into the sex talk, you need to get your thoughts in order, so you aren’t jumping from one point to another. You want this talk to be a mutual dialogue and prevent confusion about sex.
So, here are 5 steps to having a great and (not scary) sex talk with your kids, and helping them make better decisions for their future:
- Remember that you are equipping your children with knowledge and information about sex to help them have a bright and successful life. Write down the most important points that you would like to address about sex to keep the conversation flowing and focused.
- Visualize yourself having this conversation with your kids, think about how great it will feel for you to be a safe person for your children to talk with about sex.
- Remember that if your kids are not talking with you about sex and getting educated from you, they are learning it from school or somewhere else that would not necessarily have their best interest at heart like you do.
- It is important to think of this sex talk with your kids as a necessary aspect of parenting and not something that will be stressful or embarrassing.
- Remember your commitment to be the best parent you can be, and this includes talking about difficult subjects like sex, puberty, and relationships.
When you keep these steps in mind when preparing to have the sex talk with your kids, it won’t seem as overwhelming or terrifying.
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What strategies have you tried in the past to talk with your kids about sex? Did they work? What could you have done differently to take the fear and awkwardness out of the conversation? Share in the comments below..