Ran also provided parents with a variety of tips about where to have these conversations and what to do if your kids are not asking questions. She recommended having general conversation openers, staging conversations for them to overhear, or even creating an anonymous question or comment jar. Having these conversations in the car, where you can think about your reply while your child is in the backseat, or doing an activity where you can multi-task, such as cooking dinner, can help take the pressure off. Rather than attempting to condense a wide breadth of information into one formal and often uncomfortable talk, engaging in multiple little exchanges as specific questions and observations arise is far more productive. Openly addressing relevant and important conversations with your children can go a long way and will likely encourage them to come to you for support in the future.
Parents also left the workshop with a children’s resource book about development, sex and sexuality. We look forward to continuing this important work with Planned Parenthood, and provide parents with more opportunities for learning and sharing! If you are interested in learning more from the workshop, notes are attached here!
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