Sex education is a very broad topic. It is a lot more than explaining sex (or the facts of life or the birds and bees) to kids.
It is about giving our kids the skills to make healthy and informed choices about love, sex and relationships. Which means that there are many possible conversations to have.
So here you'll find lots of information that will help you to naturally talk to your child about sex, all while respecting your family values.
This page is divided into sections to help you learn what to talk about, how to talk about it, when to talk about it, and why you need to talk about it. Plus you'll find resources like books, videos and useful websites listed as well.
You really can have open and honest conversations that will guide your child in making the right decisions about love, sex and relationships. As well as strengthen your relationship without feeling embarrassed, awkward or nervous.
I believe that you can talk to your child about sex with LESS cringe and MORE confidence, and empower them to make smart sexual decisions.
And I'm here to show you how!
The blogposts in this section provide you with the foundations of sex ed.
They'll tell you what sex ed is, why you need to do it, what might be stopping you from talking, when to start sex ed , what to talk about and how to start talking.
Talking about our bodies with children is an important part of sex education. It is often one of the first conversations that we have, especially when they discover that some parts of the body can be a little different!
Here you'll find blogposts that will help with talking about bodies and their different parts.
Consent is a conversation that is about our bodies that is relevant for children of all ages. And the sooner you can start talking about it, the better!
There's also some wonderful children's book about consent that will help with talking to your child about consent.
Diversity is an important conversation to have with children, as it makes them more accepting of the differences in others as well as within themselves. And when kids understand that everyone is different and that's okay, then there's a very good chance that they won't dicriminate against people for being different.
You'll also find some childrens books that will help with the conversation on many different types of diversity - same sex families, gender identity or transgender, LGBTQ questioning, gender and diversity and inclusion.
If your child has access to your phone, a tablet or a computer, then you need to be talking to them about online porn. Regardless of how well supervised they are or the number of internet filters you have, sooner or later your child is going to stumble upon sexually explicit videos or pictures.
Find out how to empower your child so that they stay safe!
There's also some wonderful children's books about pornography, that are suitable for kids of all ages.
Talking to kids about sexual intercourse is a tough conversation for many parents. These blogposts will help you with explaining sexual intercourse to children. There's even an article on what to do if your kids catch you 'doing it'!
Books are an invaluable resource for this conversation and they can make the conversation a lot less awkward. So you'll find some childrens books that explain where babies come from ( the books that don't talk about sexual intercourse) and then some books that talk about how babies are made (these books talk about sexual intercourse).
Some parents like to use videos for sex education. So I am slowly collecting videos that are worth watching.
You'll find some fantastic videos that you can watch with your child. Or you can watch them to learn more about sex education yourself.
You'll also find a much bigger list of videos on my Sex Education Videos page.
Books are an invaluable resource for sex education as they provide kids with accurate and age-appropriate information about a wide range of different topics that help kids to make the right decisions about love, sex, relationships and growing up.
If you're in a hurry, and want to know which books I recommend the most, you can read this article about the 10 best sex education books.
Otherwise, just click on the orange button below and it will take you to my huge list of over 200 sex education books for children. And you can relax, they have been sorted into ages and topics for you, so that you can find the right book pronto!
Life as a parent can get busy! So below, you'll find resources that will help you to find a better way to talk about sex. Which means you can focus more on the talking instead of searching for the resources that will make it easier!
How to talk to kids about sexual intercourse
How to talk to kids about bodies, penises, and vulvas
Cartoon illustrations of the private body parts (penis, vulva, etc)
Parent book with age-specific answers to kid's questions about sex
Age-specific answers to tough questions kids ask about love, sex, relationships, porn, pregnancy, puberty, STIs and more.
Parent guide to talking to girls about puberty
Parent guide to talking to boys about puberty
Find a better way to talk to your child about sex
Extensive list of sex ed resources from the internet
Resources to help educators (& parents) with sex ed