If the parents do not equip their children with the correct and factual information in a loving and caring way, the kids find the incorrect and sensational “non” facts from their peers, siblings and other children, who know little or lopsided information, that they usually received from other children. Adults are supposed to teach children about the birds and the bees, children are not supposed to teach other children. Children today are exposed to a wide source of information about sexual issues, from the world that has become a global village.
At what age should parents start?
I recommend that parents start to equip themselves the right and easy approach to share information with their kids about the birds and the bees from when the child is 3-4 years old.
The reason for this is: children start with the developmental phase of sexual identification and awareness from age 4 and they become aware and curious and start to ask questions verbally and non-verbally (e.g. a curious look on the face).
The younger the child is, the easier it is for parents to overcome their own awkwardness and their own hesitancy to go with the child’s questions. A prepared and open parent is an approachable and trustworthy parent. I encourage parents to open communication with their kids from the ages 4 to 6 to establish a relationship of openness, approachability, and mutual respect.
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