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Four Steps to Answering Tough Questions

Four Steps to Answering Tough Questions

Have you ever gotten a question from your child about puberty, periods, or another sexual health topic and not known what to say? Our four-step technique will help you respond to tricky questions. 

1. Normalize the question. 
For example, say: “That’s a really good question.” Use a warm tone of voice.

2. Ask “What makes you ask this question today?” or “What do you think?”
Asking for more information gives you a sense of what your child already knows.

3. Answer the question.
Share accurate information and your values.

4. Check if they understand your answer.
For example, say: “What do you think about my answer?” or “Does that answer your question?” 

Learn more from Hey, What Do I Say? A Parent to Parent Guide on How to Talk to Children about Sexuality

Return to the webpage Talking with Kids about Sexuality