When Should I Start The Conversation With My Children
As a general rule, the earlier you can start the conversation, the easier it will be! Remember that children don’t have the same perspective as we adults. Many children have a natural curiosity by age 4 or 5.
How much should I say? Will I overwhelm my child with too much information?
At each age, there is basic information about human sexuality that a child should understand and comprehend. Therefore, a review of guidelines for age-appropriate information should be useful.
By age five, most children should have some basic concepts about the following topics. They should:
- Know the correct name for their body parts, including genitals.
- Understand the simple basics about where babies come from; that is, from the mother’s womb or uterus.
- Be aware of the concept of personal privacy while dressing or using the bathroom. In particular, five-year-olds should understand the difference between “secret” and “private.”
- Be comfortable talking with parents or a trusted adult about the subject of sex.
- Have good self-esteem concerning their female or male identity.