While in Western society sex is no longer a taboo subject, in many South African homes talking about sex is still a complicated issue. These days, sex appears on television, in movies, in magazines and even billboards. But, inside the house, it remains an uncomfortable and often embarrassing topic that leaves many parents reluctant to speak to their children about.
The world - and South Africa - has changed in recent decades thanks to new technologies. Exposure and media coverage of sex necessitates proper sexual education from various educational agents, especially the family. Research confirms the importance of talking about sex in the household and shows that it is beneficial for children to have open discussions about sex with their parents. This is especially important for teenagers - treating sex as something forbidden can negatively condition them for the rest of their lives. Proper sex education can prevent sexually transmitted diseases, sexual disorders, improve relationships in the future, and can enhance a child's emotional and physical well-being.
Communication about sex between parents and children promotes safer sexual practices. Positive associations in South Africa between communication with parents and the use of contraceptive methods in adolescents have shown to be significant. Therefore, discussions that focus on these issues act as a protective factor for youth and are the best way to prevent sexual behaviours that might affect an adolescent's mental and physical health and well-being.
Bad sexual practices and behaviours associated with risk attitudes is a major problem in South Africa because of the high risk of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases or unwanted pregnancies. Therefore, communication between parents and adolescents is one of the factors that could lead to safer sex among young people, including contraceptive use. Unfortunately, this does not always happen because of embarrassment or ignorance associated with sex.
Talking about sex with children is a way to protect them. While it may seem a bit uncomfortable, doing so will help your child and will make you feel that you can trust them. Additionally, children of parents who talk to them about issues such as condoms or sexually transmitted diseases are more likely to take the necessary precautions during sex.
Reasons to talk about sex with your children
Many parents in South Africa still find it difficult to talk to their kids about sex. Addressing this issue can be challenging, and you need to find a way to do it naturally. But, it is necessary to address this problem in the family so that children can experience sexuality in all its fullness.
Since talking about sex with your children will benefit them, here are six important reasons why you should do it:
- When children have questions, parents, thanks to their experience and unconditional love, are often the best source of honest information.
- It can be traumatic for a child to go through adolescence without being sexually prepared, especially when their peers or those that might take advantage of them know more.
- Children need to learn about sex. It is of particular importance that they receive honest information from parents than skewed information from poor media.
- When children do not have enough information, they are easily influenced, which could lead to undesired behaviour.
- Talking about sex creates trust between parents and children. This, in turn, helps build a healthy relationship.
- Children need to fully enjoy their sexuality without fear or insecurities.
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