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It's a touchy subject for many, and is often portrayed in the media as being one of the most cringe-worthy conversations a parent can have with their child. But having 'the talk' with your kids is a must because it plays a formative role in the way they come to see themselves and their sexuality.

So, at what age do you think it is appropriate to teach your children about 'the birds and the bees'?


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I think as parents its important to answer a child's questions whenever they arise, whatever the age and you just tailor your answer dependant upon their age and what they'd understand and comprehend. My three year old asks me all sorts of questions about his body, my body, how babies are made etc and I answer honestly but with as much information as he needs to know at this stage. I hope by answering all his questions from an early age, that as he gets older he'll continue to feel comfortable to ask me (or another adult) questions and so that he'll be well educated and make sound life choices regarding sex. I don't want any topic to be taboo and hope he'll feel comfortable to ask questions based on what he needs to know.
I think around the same time they start teaching it at school. Then your lessons can coincide with the teacher's.
Isn't that in high school now? They'd have questions long before that.
I thought it was a lot earlier than that.
Good question! I don't think there really is an appropriate age. It really is up to the child themselves and their level of interest. Children are naturally inquisitive and some may ask at a very young age because they want to know. It is best not to lie to them as parents because they look to us for answers to life's questions and it's best not to confuse. I guess I take the approach of giving as much information to answer a question without giving more information than the child needed.
I think it's best to be honest from an early age and answer the kids' questions when they ask them. I've never made a big deal about it and as a result my son now feels comfortable to ask questions when they come up. It's not awkward between us to have the talks and I always give him (age appropriate) answers.
I think as soon as they first enter high school - that puberty stage. It all gels together then. A family member taught me about that time of the month at 10.
When they ask about it, adjusted to suit their age. I try to answer my daughter's questions honestly in language she can understand. At four she knows how babies are born because she has seen it happen, and a bit about the female reproductive system. She doesn't know how babies are conceived yet but we'll cover that when it comes up.
I think whenever they ask, but keep it to their level.
Perhaps around 10 - 12 depending on the child.
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