Sexuality Education At Age 2?

This topic has been blowing up my google alerts! Apparently a new Australian sexual health guide, “Talk Soon, Talk Often,” urges parents to begin discussing sex and sexual health with their children as early as age 2. Author Jenny Walsh notes that talking to children about sexuality doesn’t necessarily make them “go out and do it”. The book urges parents to make sex an open conversation- it’s not all about one big talk, but hundreds of conversations from the time the child is a toddler until age 17.

Though I was lucky enough to have parents that have always been open to talking about sex, many of my peers had to wait until that painfully awkward “sex talk” during their teenage years. This guide should come as a relief to both parents and children- it doesn’t all have to rely on that one painful conversation! Keep it an open dialogue, and I promise, it will be easier.

You can download the new guide here. Good luck!

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Michaela is a recent Seven Sisters graduate with a self-designed degree in Sexuality Studies. When she's not blogging, you'll find her teaching Health and Wellness and A Cappella to high school students, helping women find properly fitting bras, and working as an editor on a documentary. She hopes to continue her education one day with a PhD in Feminist Anthropology.

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    I think there’s an element of the witch-hunt affecting this too. Mark my words, in the next two decades we will see teenage pregnancy and STI rates skyrocket because people in positions of trust who would normally be sought for advice are too afraid to broach the subject.
    Combine that with the increasing ignorance adults have about everything in general and you have a dangerous mix.

    I’m not a parent, but while I wouldn’t pursue these discussions with my son or daughter at that early age, it wouldn’t be something to shy away from either. There is a big difference between educating a child about something and having the open forum where discussion can occur.

    I think parents just need to be more frank and open with their kids in all areas. We don’t spend enough time truly raising kids to be good, well adjusted people, we increasingly let authorities do it for us in their cookie-cutter manner, and that just doesn’t work.