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What Are Teachable Moments?

Teachable Moments are everyday opportunities we can use to hear what children think about a sexuality topic and also to share healthy messages.

ASK a question that encourages the child to share their views and opinions on a sexuality topic they care about. For example, ask “What do you think about that show with the parenting teens?

LISTEN to the child’s feelings about the issue.

SHARE your family values, add accurate information, and also affirm their knowledge about the topic.

Other Important Tips for a Successful Teachable Moment

• Show interest in what the child has to say.

• Focus on the child.

• Stay calm and avoid reacting with anger or by making assumptions.

• Answer any questions openly and honestly.

• Use a warm and welcoming tone of voice.

• Keep the conversation private if you’re asked to, as long as the person does not indicate that they are at immediate risk for abuse or suicide.

• Continue to use and create teachable moments to discuss topics that are hard to talk about.

• Keep trying. If a conversation doesn’t go as well as you hoped, don’t be afraid to revisit and try again. The more you practice, the more naturally it will come.