It may be sooner than you think. . . and more than just a one time conversation.
“The talk” is more like an on-going dialogue starting when your kiddos questions begin.
After hearing today’s guest, Mary Flo Ridley, share at a MOPs program years ago I felt equipped to know when and how to teach my boys about “the birds & the bees”.
Today Mary Flo shares how to help your kids develop healthy attitudes and behaviors about sex.
Mary Flo is not a medical doctor and does not claim to be an expert. But she has been teaching on this topic for 30 years, has three grown children and is a fellow mom. I don’t know about you but usually I’d rather learn from another mom, any day.
Through a simple step-by-step program, Mary Flo helps answer the questions:
- What should we call “private parts”?
- If I teach them the names, how do I keep them from repeating them in public or teaching their friends?
- How do I become the one my kids go to with questions about sex?
- How early should I talk to my kids?
- What exactly should I say?
Her answers will most likely surprise you. But once you hear the rationale you can’t deny how right she is.
“These conversations should be simple, straight-forward, and to the subjects that children are curious about–their own bodies, how babies are born, and how babies are made. They have a natural curiosity about these things, and I want to capture those moments instead of running from them.” -Mary Flo Ridley
Here’s a little video clip with another thought when considering, “How soon should I talk to my child about sex?”:
(if reading via email, click here to watch the video)
I hope our podcast helps equip you and removes dread regarded a singular “talk”. May an open dialogue begin between you and your kiddos that will last through adolescence.
To learn more, definitely check out Mary Flo’s books in the links below.
Connect with Mary Flo:
- “Simple Truths : A Simple Natural Approach to Discussing Sex with your Children” by Mary Flo Ridley
- “God’s Very Good Design” by Mary Flo Ridley
How to listen to the podcast:
1.Listen on the blog. Click through to GodCenteredMom.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one (that I mentioned) in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. If you don’t have an iDevice, you can listen via Stitcher.
3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (Click here to access via iTunes). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.