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How to be an askable parent

This page is part of our School Newsletter Inserts section.
Use these short articles in your school newsletters throughout the school year.

Many parents find it uncomfortable to answer their child’s questions about sexuality, especially if this was a topic that they did not discuss with their own parents.

The good news is that most children want to talk with their parents about sexuality. It is a good opportunity to teach your child the values that are important to you and your family and clarify any incorrect information.

Tips (PDF file) for talking to your children about sexuality:

  • Try to be casual and relaxed. Discuss sexuality as you would any other subject. Remember that children are curious and questions about sexuality are normal.
  • Use teachable moments to start a conversation about sexual health. For example, if a family member is pregnant or an older sibling starts going through puberty, these are great opportunities to start to talk with your child.
  • Speak to your child’s teacher and find out what is being taught in the classroom. Continue the discussion at home.
  • You may not always have an answer to your child’s question. If you are unsure about an answer, tell your child that you will get back to them or go and research the question together.
  • Keep the conversations going. Repeated discussions will help you both feel more comfortable discussing sexuality and improve your relationship with your child.