Now, more and more parents have begun to pay attention to children’s sex education. However, Dr. Clove found that there are still some parents who have misunderstanding about sex education.
Regarding the nine most common misconceptions about children’s sex education, let’s take a look at what the teachers of Beijing Normal University’s Children’s Sex Education Research Group said.
Mistake One Sex Education Is Physiological Health Education
Many parents believe that [sex education] is education about sexual intercourse, including physiological health education at most.
In fact, this is a big misunderstanding of sex education.
Comprehensive sex education is rich in content, Include a variety of sexually relevant knowledge, such as growth and development, sexual anatomy and physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, family life and interpersonal relationships, equality and gender roles, sexual behavior, etc. Moreover, it emphasizes that children should maintain respect, tolerance and empathy for others, and be responsible for their own behavior and influence on others.
Mistake 2 Children are still young and do not understand this
Some parents think that their children are still young and cannot understand the content of sex education. They want to wait until their children grow up before carrying out sex education.
In fact, kindergarten children have been able to understand many contents of sex education. When children are young, they are much less likely to be misled by mistakes when they come into contact with the correct information.
It is necessary for us to carry out sex education [for a rainy day] when our children are young, which is much better than not carrying out sex education and making up for problems.
Myth 3 Children Are Not Interested in Sex,
With the growth of age and the development of sexual physiology, children’s sexual psychology will naturally develop.
Many parents think that their children are [not interested] in not talking about relevant topics with themselves. In fact, it is often the way parents communicate with their children and their attitudes that hinder their children from talking about such topics.
If parents [turn pale at the mention of sex], children will naturally not be willing to communicate sex-related topics with their parents.
Mistake 4 Children will naturally know when they grow up.
Some parents will think that when their children grow up, they will naturally know about sex. Isn’t that how I came here?
In fact, allowing children to cross the river by feeling the stones ignores their psychology and fundamental needs.
If children can know all kinds of information about sex from their parents earlier and have the opportunity to discuss solutions to various problems with their parents, children can know more about protecting themselves and learn to respect others.
Mistake 5 Children are very simple, there is no need to know these
At present, there are many ways for children to obtain information. It is difficult to guarantee that parents want their children not to contact sex-related information and keep it [simple].
Moreover, this [simplicity] is not good for children. Imagine how frightened a child who is protected in a greenhouse will be suddenly pushed into the real world as an adult.
Parents need to provide their children with the necessary knowledge and training so that they can learn to deal with all kinds of things and face the real world. Instead of waiting for their children to [grope] or even [hit a wall] and pay unnecessary price, parents should take the initiative to provide correct information and guidance.
Mistake 6 Sex Education Is Only a School Business,
Although schools will teach children some common knowledge of physical hygiene, this is far from enough. Every child is unique and needs parents to meet the individualized problems of children.
Family should be the first place for children to carry out sex education, while parents are the first willful education teachers for children. As long as parents observe carefully, when they find children’s changes and children’s doubts, they educate in time, and the effect of sex education is the best.
Myth 7 Sex Education Can Induce Children’s Imitation Behavior
Contrary to what many parents worry, sex education is one of the ways to dilute children’s curiosity and avoid blind attempts.
A large number of studies have shown that receiving comprehensive and scientific sex education will not increase the possibility of early sexual intercourse among teenagers.
However, a large comprehensive study found that sex education can delay the first sexual intercourse, reduce the frequency of sexual intercourse and reduce the number of sexual partners.
Myth 8 Sex Education Is Enough for Mother
Sex education does not belong exclusively to parents or mothers. Parents have a unified understanding and participate in children’s sex education at the same time. Children benefit the most.
The mode of getting along with parents is the most convincing model of sex education. Their attitude towards sex and the way they deal with sex are also the best words and deeds for children.
Mistake 9 Sex Education Is One-off Education
Sex education is far from being completed in one go.
But should run through the whole life, especially before the child reaches adulthood, parents should be ready to carry out sex education at any time, seize the appropriate time point, and solve the problem in time when it arises.
Scientific sex education in the family is one of the most precious gifts parents give their children. I hope Bao’s parents can give their children this gift that will benefit them for life.
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