How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex
Experts Share Tips for Parents
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Tip No. 5: Talk About the Different Types of Sex
When the time is right, parents need to talk with their children about oral
sex and anal sex because these types of sex can also put them at risk for STDs,
Tip No. 6: Don't Leave Anything Out
"Kids are sexual beings with sexual feelings," Saltz says, so masturbation and sexual fantasy should be a
part of the ongoing dialogue. Parents should let their children know that it is
OK to masturbate, she says, but that it should be done privately. Some
children may masturbate excessively, and parents need to ask how much is too
much because constant masturbating may be a sign of anxiety.
"Many parents would never broach the topic of sexual fantasy, but kids
have sexual fantasies, [and] parents can be very reassuring to their children
by letting them know this is normal," Saltz says.