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Time to Talk About the Birds and Bees?........How to Talk to your Child about Sex - Ages 6 - 12 years



How do I handle the birds-and-bees speech responsibly?

Give up on the idea of presenting the subject in one big chat -- you'll overwhelm your child with more bewildering and even distasteful information than she can process at once. Instead, think of it as a gentle conversation that will take place over several months or perhaps even years. Keep your explanations as simple and specific to the discussion as you can. A 6-year-old wondering what "birth control" means is not necessarily asking you to delineate the mechanics of intercourse.