Talk Soon. Talk Often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex.
Where do babies come from? ….Why do I look different from my brother? ….Why do I feel this way? ….How do I know if I am ready for sex? ….Why shouldn’t I post my photo online?
As a parent you will answer thousands of questions but the ones about sexuality and relationships are often the most challenging to answer. Some parents can be so worried about giving an absolutely perfect answer that they end up saying nothing at all.
You and your family are the most important source of sexuality and relationship information for your children. More than anyone else, you will lay the foundations for well adjusted, confident and healthy children who go on to experience positive relationships.
So what is the best way to handle these very important questions? It’s simple - talking a little and often makes a positive difference to your child’s sexual health.
In response to advice that parents needed support in their role as the primary sex educators of their children, WA Health has developed Talk Soon Talk Often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex.
This free resource has been developed to help parents initiate regular and relaxed conversations with their children about sexuality and relationships.
Talk Soon Talk Often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex (PDF 2.25MB)
We have also developed a one-page tip sheet outlining the key concepts and facts that strengthen sexual health education within families.
Tip sheet (PDF 65.6KB)
The Parent Sexual Health Resources project was commissioned by the Department of Health in
Western Australia (WA), following consultative research with young people in WA about their own
experience of sexual health education. This study concluded that there is a need for resources to
support parents and family members as sexuality educators of their children.
Due to the high demand for the parent resource, 'Talk Soon. Talk Often', the book will only be posted to post-codes from within Western Australia. We apologise for any inconvenience.