Mom, teaching about sex education at the early age is important. Especially, in this advance technology era like now, children have a bigger chance to access about sex from not trusted sources. Moreover, sexual crime to children is increasing and making sure little one is safe is becoming a Dad and Mom job. While little one is at an early age, it’s time for Mom to teach interpersonal intelligence so little one can communicate with others. Beside that, give education about the vital part that children have, which one is allowed and not allowed to be touched by other people.
Educating children about sex is a taboo matter but it still have to be done. Teach it slowly according to the stage of little one’s age so they can be more understanding. This is how Mom does it, let’s see!
Age of 1 to 2 years
According to Canadian Paediatric Society at the stage one to two years, children start to understand language and words. In this stage, sex education can be started with teaching them about body parts, including sexual parts. Teaching the right name of body parts make children possibly to communicate well about health problem, injury, even sexual harassment. On the other hand, knowing well about body parts helps them to understand that the vital parts are normal like the other parts of the body.
Age 3 to 4 years
At the age around 3 years old, Mom should already teach about personal body parts. There are parts of the body that no one can touch except themselves and those close to them. Give them education about gender identity. There are differences between man and woman, and children at the age of 3 to 4 years should be able to differentiate it.
5 years old children
Children at the age of 5 are old enough to know the word ‘shame’. Mom Mom can give education that take off the clothes or show off their genitals are only allowed when they are in a close area with someone they can trust. Mom can say things like “dear, you are allowed to touch your genital but you have to know when and where.” With that they will understand that the vital parts are personal.
When talk about sex, make yourself as their friend so little one doesn’t feel patronized. So, they can be open about various things with their genitals. Make the sex conversation as a common things in the family talk. With that, if little one has a question, they will directly discuss it with Dad and Mom. Don’t underestimate children's ability to absorb knowledge, Mom. They are a best learner so Mom will be grateful to teach them enough about sex education.
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