Every society grasps sets of attitude and knowledge from its surrounding that foster daily life. This knowledge guides and dictates the societal culture, value, interpersonal relationship and norms of social life. Similarly, some societies have untouchable and unspeakable social taboo in their realm. In contrary, later in life the not speaking loud, the so called “taboo” theme will have an adverse impact for members of that society. This claim holds true if we consider the majority cultural background of Ethiopians on the concepts of sex. Let alone talking about sex we do not dare to call the names of some of our body parts. Talking about sex is not only “taboo” but also the act of rudeness. This is due to genital organs are considered as the source of sin acts. Thus, we tend to give for our genital organs fictional names rather than naming and calling them directly.
In fact regardless of our cultural background we humans never have body parts that we are ashamed of. We are created with curiosity and it is our right to learn the nature of our body parts. To curb this problem we need to introduce appropriate sex educationto the concerned bodies. When shall parents teach their children about sex education or they should learn by themselves when they reach puberty age? Let us see some points regarding how parents should teach their children about sex education at the appropriate age.
When you were a younger child does your parents taught you about sex education? At what age that did happen? Or you were never told about it? Did you experience any challenges when you reach puberty age without prior knowledge of sex education? Trace back your memories and give answer to yourself. Moving on, let us see some of the points about sex education to children.
1. Give age-appropriate answer
If your children ask you about their genital organs tell them according to their age level what it mean, their genital organs.
2. Keep the dialogue
Children might be curious about the concept and process of pregnancy, child birth and sexual intercourse. Just tell them what they can understand and do not try to give answers for the things they did not ask before.
3. Be honest
Children should learn about themselves step by step when they are young. This in turn creates trust-ship and makes interpersonal communication easier between you and your children.
There are several books on sex education that give direction at what age children should learn what about themselves.
5. Your children are growing older
Though, your children are growing older and still they did not ask you or might feel guilty asking information about sex. This is the right time and it is your obligation to tell them regarding menstruation, sex, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and the like before they reach puberty age. This will help you to reduce your frustration and your children can take precautions on their puberty ages.
6. Do not tell them everything at a time
You should be careful when you teach your children about sex education. Too much information at a time might not work rather give your lesson step wise.
The importance of sex education
- To let children know their biological process and mellowing.
- Enable teenagers to pass their puberty ages successfully.
- Help Parents to teach their values to their children. For example, abstinence before marriage.
- To prevent teenage and unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
- If parents do not teach their children about sex education, they will learn it from somewhere else and they might get the wrong information.
- To know about one’s nature and appreciate it.
- To meet the gap about wrong perception of sex education.
- It is better to teach sex education than never.
- Helps to prevent gender based violence and sexual abuse.