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Many parents dread discussing the basics of sex, masturbation and sexually transmitted diseases with their children, but would you pay someone else to help educate your kids about these important topics?
The Doctors discuss how parents of an 8-year-old and a 7-year-old in England reportedly posted on a childcare website and said they were seeking someone to speak to their children about sex and masturbation, saying they were struggling to answer the questions their children had. The parents offered nearly $3500 for someone to have "the talk" with their son and daughter.
The Doctors feel this approach is not the best idea and OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry reminds the apprehensive parents out there, "Just realize, you don't have to be an expert in sexuality to have a meaningful conversation with your kids."
Instead of seeking out someone on a website, psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow urges parents who are struggling to discuss sex with their kids to seek out the help of a professional.
Dr. Dow and Dr. Nita both say they feel a great way to tackle this tough conversation is for the professional, whether that be a doctor or a therapist, is to discuss these topics with the parent and the child together and then also with just the child. They feel often times when the child is not with their parents more questions will arise.
And when parents do discuss sex with their kids, The Doctors stress that being upfront and forthright is key. Dr. Nita suggests to parents, "Make sure you are being honest. If a kid is old enough to ask a specific question, they're old enough to get an accurate answer to that question -- they are asking it for a reason." Adding, "You should give them the information before they get it from someone else."