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How to talk about sexuality with children?

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Early education is seen as beneficial for a wide range of subjects. Behavior patterns, eating habits, natural events, family schedules, and emotional management are some of the problems that children must begin to solve at home and at school from an early age.

The same should happen with topics such as emotional education or dangerous behaviors and addiction prevention, realities that are often experienced in an uncomfortable way and are wrongly inclined to stop until the receiver is already a teenager.

As for how to talk to children about sex, when they enter this stage of growth, the body grows faster, unused synaptic connections in the brain are eliminated, and areas responsible for executive functions are also eliminated. On a psychological level, people want independence and separation from their parents in order to make friends and thus establish more intimate emotional relationships.

Of course, all this will make it difficult to communicate with our teenagers in a few years, because their inner sexuality will awaken and take an important place in their lives.

The key is knowing how to talk to children about sex.

The objective of the family is to accompany the children throughout their process of sexual and psychological development and to help them understand their body, the changes that occur in the body, and the reasons for these changes. These concepts and family values ​​must be transmitted to ensure that young people have sufficient knowledge of sex.

It’s important to not only discuss biological information, but also emotional issues such as respecting the body of oneself and of others. We can only achieve this goal through emotional education.

You may think that you don’t know how to talk about sex with your children, because our generation generally didn’t receive emotional education in childhood. No one tells us important methods, such as how to conduct an important and open discussion about sensitive subjects.

Sexuality should be discussed with sons and daughters based on feelings, which must inevitably form part of the conversation. And also, quite relevant, the values ​​that each parental nucleus wishes to incorporate in said sexual-affective teaching of their sons and daughters.

If we don’t talk about sexuality with our own sons and daughters, it is possible that our own teenagers enters the sexual world through pornography.

Faced with this reality, mothers and fathers face new challenges such as offering answers to questions about engaging in sexual relations with others, effective relationships, and more diverse topics such as the prevention of gender violence.

In addition to these challenges that have constantly occurred, there are concerns that did not exist in the age of our parents, such as the predominance of messages on social networks or the new ways of having relationships and communicating.

And we ourselves must transmit our way of understanding sexuality in youth and, more than anything, values ​​and tools so that they learn to see beyond it and take care of their interaction with themselves and with others.

It is important for arents to talk naturally with their children.

Sex is a natural component for people, just like other physiological occupations.

It is also essential to address with them the predominance of social networks and internet models that affect sexual behaviors, changes in mentality in relation to affective interactions, and certain dangers such as early entry into pornography, or exhibitionism on the net, sexting and grooming, etc. Receiving good sexual education is essential, not only in the short term but also to assist in healthy sexual behavior upon maturity.

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