Parents or caregivers have an important role teaching your children about sexuality, shaping their values, and helping them develop into healthy young adults.
Young people receive messages about sexuality from television, movies, music, school, friends, religious communities and yes, their families. Even adults who do not discuss sexuality convey messages about it to their children. Silence can be a powerful teacher. It can send a message that sexuality is not a fundamental part of life, or that talking about sexuality is shameful or inappropriate.
Talking about sexuality may seem embarrassing or uncomfortable, but it doesn't have to be.
Pick a topic you're comfortable with and start there. Eventually you will establish a comfortable dialogue and be able to bring up topics that seem more difficult to discuss. Your actions and words have tremendous influence over your children's development.
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