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Discussing Sex with Children

Talking About Sex and Body Parts at an Early Age

When a baby boy discovers his penis, parents like to joke that he takes after dad. Unlike past generations, lots of today's moms and pops received sex education and talk openly about the subject without blushing. Many families use the correct names for body parts and initiate conversations with their kids at an early age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a report about children's sexual behaviors, listing those that are age appropriate. According to the guide, it is completely normal for children between two and six to do any of the following on an infrequent basis:

  • Touch/masturbate genitals in public or private
  • Look at or touching a peer's or new sibling's genitals
  • Show genitals to peers
  • Stand or sit too close to someone
  • Try to see peers or adults naked

If you want to chat with your children about sex and their bodies, consider some of the following texts.

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
That is such a cute photo. :)
schnappycat schnappycat 6 years
Gah, my kid hates to be naked, so it will probably be awhile for him for all of this!
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