Read: Giving and Obtaining Consent: How to Give Your Kids the Lessons You Probably Never Got
2. Gathering your resources.
The great news in living in the day and age of the internet is that we now can find resources for inclusive and medically accurate sex education for any age group all at the click of a button.
There are tons of great books, like Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, as well as videos, such as Visible Body, that can help you explain concepts to your children. You can also purchase a pre-made curriculum.
Read: Talking to Your Kids About Sex: How to Get Started
3. Don’t make it out to be something it’s not.
Sex education should not be fearful, stressful, or confusing. Remember you have resources for the aspects of the conversation you need support with, but you also have plenty to share based on your own experiences and observations.
Sharing with your kids about both positive and negative sexual experiences you have had, what body love and acceptance has meant to you, and what you wish you knew to make relationships you have had healthier are all-powerful and bonding talks to share.
Read: Top Sex Questions from Kids (and How to Answer Them)
4. Have fun!
Ultimately this should transform something that many families struggle to discuss into something that is joyful and engaging. Sex is so much more than procreation or disease avoidance – it is one of the most wonderful parts of the human experience.
Focusing on the beauty that is sexuality is a gift we can give our children that will then be passed on to future generations.
This time of quarantine and global uncertainty has been challenging to say the least. Without minimizing all that we have faced and lost, we can also look for the good and find it. Taking a more active and informed role in teaching sexuality education, with all its nuances, should be a thing to cherish and enjoy.
Who knows, you might even end up learning something yourself.