Talking with children about sex is one of the hardest conversations for grandparents. We live in a culture that has attached embarrassment to almost any topic that includes the word sex. Yet, it may be one of the most important subjects that you discuss with your grandchildren.
We are all sexual beings. Our sexuality includes our bodies and how they work, our gender, and our values about life, love, and people. Helping children understand their sexuality can prepare them to cope with their feelings, peer pressure, and relationships.
A good understanding can also protect children from sexual abuse, early sexual activity, and teen pregnancy. Children are concerned about different issues at different times in their lives. Talking with them about sexuality should be an ongoing process and should not be limited to "the talk."
Try these ideas for making hard conversations a bit easier: