It’s not a one-off performance. You will get many chances to have these conversations, so don’t try to fit everything in at once. As your child’s interest and understanding develop with age, it is important to revisit topics as you go along. Deal with what is relevant for your child and use the teachable moments that arise in everyday life to start a conversation. For example, a pregnancy or new baby in the family, or a relationship or sexuality issue in a TV programme or in the media, will give you an opportunity to talk.
Teach the facts, but go further: Talk to your child about your opinions and beliefs about all aspects of sexuality, including what makes for healthy relationships.
Be a tellable parent: Really listen to what your child is saying to you about their life and about their joys, concerns and worries. They will do this through their words and actions. Try to listen without judgement.