Talking about Sex with Your Children

Being a role model of enlightened sexuality is all the more critical for our children’s learning. In sexuality, as with all life experience, we must be the change we wish to see in the world.

Through these discussions, we will be able to develop a basis of trust with our children, leading to better communication. When we can speak about sex with our children, we will find that it frees our ability to talk about other topics. These conversations will assure our children that they are being respected, which will lead them to develop self-worth, responsibility, and maturity. Through these sincere, honest discussions, you may even change your own preconceptions.

Read more quotes by Ilchi Lee.  Below is an observation of a contributor to this blog: David Lawston.

Sex and sexuality are extremely controversial issues in American culture and although attitudes toward sex remain ambivalent, there have been massive changes in American sexual behavior over the past 50 years, including the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Sex-related social problems can be classified in three categories. Gagnon and Simon’s classification scheme for sex-related social problems is like this:

  1. Tolerated sex variance:
    Heterosexual oral sex, masturbation, and premarital intercourse
  2. Asocial sex variance:
    Incest, child molestation, coercive adult sex, rape, exhibitionism, and voyeurism
  3. Structured sex variance:
    Homosexuality, prostitution, and pornography