children need a reproductive education

Dear editor, There is indeed great necessity to teach children about sex so that they grow up responsibly.

Dear editor,

There is indeed great necessity to teach children about sex so that they grow up responsibly.

As children learn to walk and talk, they also begin to learn about their bodies. Open the door to sex education by teaching your children the proper names for their sex organs, perhaps during bath time. If your children point to a body part, simply tell them what it is. This is also a good time to talk about which parts of the body are private.

When your children ask questions about their bodies — or yours — don’t giggle, laugh or get embarrassed. Take their questions at face value. Offer direct, age-appropriate responses. If your children want to know more, they’ll ask.

As your children mature and ask more detailed questions, you can provide more detailed responses. Answer specific questions using correct terminology. Even if you’re uncomfortable, forge ahead. Remember, you’re setting the stage for open, honest discussions in the years to come.

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