Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Facts & Trends.
Talking to children about sex is difficult, even in the abstract. But when it comes to talking to real children about the complexities of the way that God has designed them and their bodies, the difficulty is ratcheted-up immensely.
That’s because kids are literally moving targets. The idea of sitting still and having thoughtful and nuanced conversations about sex with a kindergartener just isn’t a reality for parents.
And even in the brief windows when these conversations take place, there’s simply no anticipating what questions or responses are coming your way.
But at the same time, it is critical to begin having these important conversations with your children from a very young age because the culture they’re growing up in isn’t going to wait until either one of you are ready.
Even before their kids are born, every parent thinks about the future awkwardness of having “the talk” with them one day. But talking to your kids about sexuality isn’t something that can be put off until they hit puberty or enter the throes of the teenage years.
Read the rest here.