Every October is Let’s Talk Month – a national public education campaign coordinated by Advocates for Youth dedicated to creating opportunities for parents to engage their children in conversations about sexuality. This October it feels like there have already been way too many opportunities for parents to talk to their kids about sexuality. And bodies, and consent, and sexual assault, and equality, and toxic masculinity (and, and, and).
I’m not sure that I believe everything I used to believe. The world seems to be getting smaller and bigger and more convenient and more confusing with every breath I take. But, there are a few things I know to be true:
1. Every parent is a sex educator, whether they like it or not.
2. Kids want sex education from the adults who take care of them.
3. They are listening.
4. It’s okay to admit to your kids that you feel awkward. It’s okay to admit when you don’t have an answer.
5. Bread and butter is a full meal, full stop.
6. #InhaleExhaleAndBegin makes (almost) anything doable.
7. Books! (check out the Resource page for my recommendations)
8. Not every challenge is a catastrophe.
9. Once you start talking, it gets easier. You get better. They ask harder questions and you will freak out all over again (see #8).
10. SexuallySmarter is sexually safer, so do the work. Talk to your kids.