After over a year of talking, sketching, interviewing, writing, and developing, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’ parent education program is so excited to share a brand new tool for parents: Kids-Ask: Crafting Answers to Curious Questions.
Kids-Ask is a website that lets you practice answering questions your kids might have about sex and sexuality. Here’s how it works:
- The website already has commonly asked questions that come up all the time in our parent education workshops like “Where do babies come from?”. You can also type in your own questions and answers to craft a personal script.
- Whether you refer to our questions or enter your own, you can change any of the answers so it sounds like something that you – yes you! – would actually say. Your language can evolve as your child evolves.
- You can also save and share what you come up with – so if you want to pull it up later or send it to someone else, it’s there for you.
- Kids-Ask is not static – it’s a living, breathing project that we will be updating, and we would love to hear from you. We want your input, thoughts, ideas, and questions – and especially your kids’ questions!
You know your child best, and our aim is to provide a tiny little road map for any question or topic that comes up – whether it’s related to puberty, body parts, healthy relationships or something else entirely. Kids-Ask is a support for your expertise.
This new online tool grew out of knowing that, even as experts on our own children and families, sometimes we all need a little help when we don’t know what words to use. Plus, research shows that when parents have more open, honest conversations with their children about sexuality and relationships, those young people are better able to make healthy decisions throughout their lives. And as much as we at Planned Parenthood love presenting workshops in-person to help you feel more prepared for these conversations – we can’t be there all the time. This website will help you find comfortable, appropriate language to guide these conversations.
We hear all the time in our workshops, “I wish I could put you in my pocket!” or “Can you come over when my kids asks these questions?” and this is our answer to that. We’re here for you – no matter what.
Miranda “Ran” Courant-Morgan, M.S., LABA, BCBA
Manager of Parent Education
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
P.S. Know other parents or caregivers who would benefit from this website? Forward this email to them or share our new online tool on Facebook.