There are many important reasons to begin teaching your children about sexual health early. It is the foundation for the development of positive attitudes about sexuality. Children are naturally curious and your willingness to discuss age-appropriate material builds trust and open communication. The building blocks of healthy adult sexuality begins in childhood with trusted adults.
Children gain control of their world by naming it. With each new word, the child grows in understanding and power. Learning the correct names and functions of private body parts enables a child to talk and ask questions about them. Accurate, age-appropriate information is vital to helping a child prepare for adolescence and adulthood.
Your open and honest discussions are a way for you to connect with your children and teach them family values, rather than school-yard ones. Starting early has also been proven to increase abuse resistance, reduce anxiety and make children more likely to report abuse, injuries and see a doctor in the future.