What the ‘Sex Talk” looks like Now

A father realizes that he should’ve done his homework before trying to talk to his son about the birds and the bees.

With summer starting to wind down many people are getting in the back to school mindset. Think back to your health/sex ed class days. What was it like? What messages did you receive? Over the decades there have been some big shifts in the way we approach sexuality. “Non-binary, agender, intergendered, FTX, gender fluid people. There’s more than just boys and girls now, dad. And they’re not girls, they’re women.”

I just love this clip from Comedy Central’s, Alternatino. While I don’t believe talking with your child about sexuality is just one conversation, this clip is a great example of the generational differences that can pop up when we have conversations about this topic. We have a lot to learn from each other, but the main message is we are all sexual beings and have the right to comprehensive, medically accurate, and age-appropriate sexuality education.

Also, major studies report that good parent-child communication around sexuality results in positive effects for children including:

  • delayed initiation of sexual intercourse
  • increased self-reliance and self-esteem
  • lower sexual risk behaviors
  • and better contraception use

We’re here to help since we know that talking with your children about sexuality can be a difficult task. Check out our 4-module, online course, Talking With Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality, which offers a nuts-and-bolts approach to discussing sexuality and responding to behaviors. Like so many others, you’ll come away feeling more skillful, comfortable, and confident.