“The (Sex) Talk”

By the time your child is ready for the sex talk, it’s likely they know a lot about the biology of it all from school or elsewhere.
Instead of focusing on the technical talk, start a conversation about how your child can make the best decisions for themselves.

  • Encourage them to recognise that they are in charge of their own body.
  • Have a conversation about decision-making : talk about ‘reasons’ to be sexually intimate – what are good reasons, what are not so good reasons, what else needs to be considered (their partner, safety, etc)?
  • Talk about what respectful relationships look like, and what ‘consent’ means.
  • Discuss unhealthy relationships – what are some red flags, how can your child recognise pressure or disrespectful treatment, what are some exit strategies they might use if they are ever feeling uncomfortable?

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What Children Need from Their Dads

Children need to be accepted and supported as individuals regardless of their academic success, physical ability, sporting prowess, personality, moods, morals or beliefs. This acceptance is often difficult for high-achieving fathers.

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Teenagers and their fathers/father figures

Tell your teenagers you love them, even when they are testing your patience.