How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex

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About Roger Torbert

Roger Torbert is a husband, father, child of the '80s, curriculum nerd, aspiring good man and Starbucks junkie---not necessarily in that order. His personal blog can be found at Too Much to Think.

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  1. Destruction of verbal and social taboos surrounding the human body and sex will help countless children to stop, avoid and/or report sexual abuse. I know its off topic, but not a bad mix-in for this effort.

  2. Great article! Thank you so much. I also agree with Rob let’s call body parts what they actually are, so if a child is touched inappropriatley and says to a trusted adult: ‘xxxxx touched my penis’ … I am sure that adult WILL take notice!

  3. Thank you both for your comments. As an educator and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I have struggled with the extent of speaking to children about sexual abuse and its place in sexuality education. I absolutely agree that continued age appropriate conversations about our bodies and sexuality are the best ways to help young people be comfortable asking questions of trusted adults and reporting inappropriate interactions. My concern is that some adults over do it when it comes to warning children about sexual abuse – creating an unhealthy fear and even terror that “something may happen”. The end goal should be that children have a positive and healthy attitude when it comes to their bodies and sex.

  4. Valter Viglietti says:

    Thank you Roger, a clear, concise and helpful article for any parent.

    I especially appreciated the “no drama”, calm and relaxed language you suggested. As a matter of fact, bodies and sex are totally natural, so there’s really no need to freak out when talking about them.

  5. Thanks for the comment Valter.

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