Sexuality Resource Center for Parents: Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Teaching Children about Human Sexuality

For All Parents

This is the place where you should start.

There are certain things that all parents need to know about human sexuality, and it's probably best to know these things before you start answering your child's questions about sex or responding to their behaviors that seem sexual in nature. For example, did you know that it's completely normal for 5-year-olds to engage in "sex play"? And that how you respond to this kind of behavior can greatly influence the way your child views their sexuality?

Feeling a little panicked right about now? No need... we've got you covered. We're about to tell you the things that all parents need to know, and all you have to do is click on the first link below to get started. We suggest you read these articles in order.

A Definition of Sexuality

We all know what sex is. But sex is only a small part of who we are as sexual beings. Even people who are not having sex are sexual beings. And so there’s another word that you should know and use too. That word is sexuality. Here are some of the things that are included when we talk about sexuality. Read more.

Guide to the Female Reproductive System

It would be a whole lot easier talking with your child about reproductive anatomy if you knew something about it. Sure, you've heard of the vagina and you may know at least one thing produced by the ovaries, but can you name the three phases of the menstrual cycle? We didn't think so. Read more.

Guide to the Male Reproductive System

It would be a whole lot easier talking with your child about reproductive anatomy if you knew something about it. For example, do you really know what happens during ejaculation? Read more.

Human Reproduction

At least 40 percent of all females get pregnant before they turn 20 years old, and approximately 70 percent of those pregnancies are unplanned. Among females of all ages, as many as 50 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned. Clearly, many people don’t understand human reproduction. Read more.

Sexual Development from 018 Years Old

A lot of things need to happen in the sexual development of children in order for them to be sexually healthy adults. In order for you to understand the tasks they need to accomplish, let’s take a look at sexual development from birth through 18 years old of a typical child. We're not just going to give you the facts on sexual development – we're also going to tell you the messages that we think children should be receiving as they go through the different stages of sexual development. If you disagree with any of these messages, that's okay. We don’t have to agree on everything, but we do think certain messages need to be given. Read more.

Messages We Can All Agree On

Even if you don't agree with everything we say on this website, there is still a lot of room for common ground. See if you don't agree that all children should be getting the following messages. Read more.

Sexual Abuse

We tend to warn children about dangers with unclear statements and by talking to them only once. Children learn through repetition, each time picking up just a little bit more. Talking about sexual abuse should be treated like learning about any other form of danger – the focus should be on safety, not sex. Read more.

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