Educating your kid about sex has notoriously been referred to as "The Talk" and it's generally regarded as an awkward situation that parents avoid and kids abhor. But the truth is, the best person to teach your kid about sex is you. If you want to raise a sex positive kid who doesn't feel ashamed of their body and the things they can do with it, you have to be honest with your kid about sex.
There is so much misinformation about sex — good and bad reasons to have it, how it works, how to prevent pregnancy and STIs, basic rules about healthy dynamics and consent between two people in a sexual situation — floating around the Internet, and within our communities and kids' schools, and it really can (and does) put adolescents at risk. The only way to combat high STI rates and unplanned pregnancies is to be open and honest with our children about sex and everything that goes along with it. Furthermore, the only way to ensure that individuals understand sexual consent is to teach our children what healthy sexual relationships look like and consist of. That, of course, starts at home.
We've been well-trained to believe that talking to our children about sex is awkward and weird, and that it is easier to just regurgitate a story about a stork or whatever, but the truth is, the only way to ensure that your kid grows up to have a healthy sexual identity is to be open and honest with him or her about sex — from day one.
Here are 10 reasons why you should never lie to your kid about sex. Because, hey, sex is natural and lying about could have seriously terrible consequences.