At what age do you think it's okay to talk about sex?

Nancy - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter was thought the basics about sex, (how to make babies) when she was nine years old. I remember she asked if she could have a couple of children books from the library that explained the basics of sex. At the time she had a cousin over who was a little older and she was very willing to read and explain things to my daughter.
I'm not sure if that is too young, but I feel that once a child is asking questions that we as parents should be honest and explain things on their age level. I never had problems answering questions to my daughter. What do you as parents think is the right age for a child to talk about sex?

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Kathryn - posted on 09/15/2010

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I think what ever age they start asking questions and make sure you tell them the truth otherwise it will just cause problems in the future. If you think that they are too young just explain a little then say when your a little older i will tell you more. I think that the younger they are it is easier to talk about it cause they are asking the questions and it's not so awkward. My daughter is 7 and she knows a little like where babies come from and she knows that men and women have sex but she isn't to shore as how it is done.

Melanie - posted on 09/13/2010

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I agree with you, currently. That may, however, change as my daughter gets older. I think that your approach was perfectly acceptable. However, I think it is different with every parent and child. I was taught at a young age what things were. My parents were very open with us.

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Deanna - posted on 10/06/2010

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I agree with talking early. A child should know the right names for all body parts by the time they are in school. Sex should be talked about early, so they understand and are more willing to ask questions and to talk to you. I knew about sex when I was young. I could ask questions, not feel stupid or scared about what my parents would say or do (laugh at a question) and feel safe knowing when I was ready for things. I was strong enough to say no when I wasn't ready cause I knew what was happening. Statistics show that children who talk about it at home are more likely to be safe or wait until they are ready and not be forced.
I think when the child is starting to ask questions, you have an obligation to start discussing things. I think you did the right thing.

Lisa - posted on 09/28/2010

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answer her questions to the best of your ability as honest as you can. If you think she is too young give her as much as you believe she needs to know and can handle understanding. explain it well so that she doesn't confuse things. when she keeps asking questions you don't think she's old enough yet to know... give her some info & tell her in detail @ a later time when she's old enough. Hope this helps.

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