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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.

First:
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?

Next:
LISTEN to the child’s feelings about the issue.

Finally:
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.

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