Guidelines for Sex Education with Children. The General Principle: Honesty is the best policy! Don’t tell children something you don’t believe and practice yourself. Remember, children don’t just follow what you say, but how you behave. Model healthy intimacy.
Be positive in discussing sexuality: remember that sexuality is normal and natural.
Know your facts and be prepared to address myths your children may have heard.
When your child asks you a question about sex and sexuality, answer it—no matter how that question may make you feel. Remember that they are coming to you for answers and the fact that they asked you, says a lot about the relationship they cherish. Rather than allowing others to educate your children about sexuality, be proactive in answering questions when asked.
Begin early educating your child. Communicate to your child that you can be trusted if they had any questions about sex and sexuality.
Be aware of areas of discomfort the topic of sexuality brings you. Remember that non-verbal messages carry more weight than words.
Both boys and girls should be taught to respect and value each other’s bodies.
If your child isn’t asking about the topic of sex and sexuality, be proactive in having those discussions. It may be that your child is holding back from asking questions because they think it may make you feel uncomfortable.