About This Episode
Talking to your children about difficult subjects like sex, pornography, or drugs can be awkward, but it is necessary nonetheless. Don’t think of these discussions as a once in a lifetime “talk” that you avoid until it’s impossible to continue doing so. Instead, make these discussions regular occurrences that move sequentially throughout your child’s development, deepening their understanding as they mature. Paint a beautiful portrait of the type of life you want your children to live in addition to presenting the negative consequences of addiction and sexual indiscretion. Finally, remember that the best defense against the development of harmful behaviors is a strong familial bond. Create a loving, wholesome environment for your children so that they don’t feel the pull to find fulfillment elsewhere.
People On This Episode
Dr. Alicia La Hoz
This Week's Actions
- If you haven’t already, try opening up a dialogue with your children about the “unmentionables.” Make it age appropriate and start small with things like dating and physical affection.
- To minimize the awkwardness of talking to your children about sex, try talking to your spouse about it first and practicing what you are going to say.
- Continue having conversations as the occasion dictates. Remember not to have a single, isolated “talk” but rather an ongoing conversation with your child that flows naturally from his or her developmental progress.
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