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

The Specifics

(For Parents of Children with Typical Development)

Body Image

Body image is how you feel and what you think when you look at yourself. It’s also how you imagine other people to see you.

Your body image is influenced by your build and by your individual body parts – such as your legs, nose, stomach, the color of your skin, and the color or texture of your hair. How you think and feel about your sexual parts – the vagina and vulva, breasts, or penis – also affects your body image. Read more.

Puberty

It might sound crass but, really, the only reason we go through puberty is so that we can have babies and perpetuate the human race. Ah, nature… creating imperatives that not even humans can ignore. Which only goes to show that in some ways we’re not much different from cockroaches or crocodiles, are we? Read more.

What's Sex?

You better be sure you and your child are talking about the same thing when you talk about sex. Really. Read more.

"When Was the First Time You Had Sex?"

What will you do if your child asks this question? Some parents will attach a minimum age to their answer, some parents may insist that sex comes only after marriage, and other parents may simply say that there are no hard or fast rules, just as long as both people freely give their consent with all of the facts at hand. Read more.

Teenagers

Sexuality is a large part of the lives of teenagers – whether they choose to be sexually active or not. Teens may have questions or concerns or they may be experimenting with sexual behaviors at earlier ages than we did, and certainly at earlier ages than our own parents did. You can tell your child to say "no" to sex and you can try to deny to yourself that your child is a sexual being, but no matter what you do, their sexuality will always be there. And that means they need sexuality information and guidance. Read more.

Parenting a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or Questioning Child

In one out of every four families, you will find someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans. Add to that the number of children who are questioning their sexuality, and you begin to wonder why we still haven't made it a safe world for LGBTQ children.

At least you can make it a safer world for your child. Read more.

Sex and Gender

You probably already know what sex is – the classification of a person (or plant or other animal) based on whether their anatomy and chromosomes are what we identify or classify as male or female. After a baby is born, the first question everyone usually asks has to do with sex: “Is it a girl or a boy?” It’s as if that were somehow the most important thing there was to know about the baby.

It’s typically assumed that sex and gender are the same thing. They’re not. Read more.

Internet Safety

“The single greatest risk our children face in connection with the Internet is being denied access. We have solutions for every other risk." Read more.

The Differences between Love and Infatuation

The distinction is not just lost on youth. So many adults get this one wrong that we thought we’d better tell you the differences between love and infatuation before your child gets their first crush. Read more.

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