Talking to Your Child About Sexuality

Did you know that most teens want their parents and caregivers to share information with them about sexual health topics?  It’s true! 

At the same time, we understand that these conversations between parents and children do not come easily. Here are a few tips and resources for parents.

Quick tips:

  • Reassure your kids that they are normal
  • Be receptive to your child’s questions-you don’t need to be an expert
  • Don’t wait to be asked – use teachable moments when watching a movie or listening to music to start a conversation
  • Use correct terms when sharing information
  • Remember it’s not about having the big talk – it’s about having many, ongoing  conversations

Looking for even more information? Here are some online resources we like:

  • Teachingsexualhealth.ca - Check out the Parent Portal for information on sexual development, communication, bullying, healthy relationships, and sexual diversity, and contains webisodes  on how to talk to your kids about these issues.
  • I wanna know - Information on being an ‘askable’ parent. Includes links to teen sites about puberty, STIs, abstinence, decision-making and condom use.
  • Kids health - This site has helpful information on talking with your kids, information on puberty, and surviving adolescence. 
  • Sexuality Resource Center for Parents - Here you will find information for parents of children with  developmental and intellectual disabilities.
  • Pflag  This site is for parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.