How to Talk to Kids About Sex

Can't talk about the birds and the bees? Betsy Brown Braun, author of "Just Tell Me What to Say," gives you the matter-of-fact ways to talk about sex.

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[MUSIC] You do need to talk to your kids about sex. Because, you, this is not info you want them to get from the playground or from their friends. With your young child all you have to say is sex or making love is what it's called when two grown-ups make a baby. The truth of the matter is if your child gets to be six years old and you think he's ready to hear more. You can certainly say to your child, you know you never asked me about where a baby comes from. And I'm the one who's going to tell you that so any time you want to know. Just give a whistle. So in answering the question, what is sex? We say to our older kids, look it. Sex, or making love is what two adults do when they love each other very deeply. They get together, after they've known each other very well. And they hold their bodies together. And they make each other feel very good. And the man puts his **** in the woman's vagina. I know this is the part where you're cringing and saying, Oh my god, do I have to say that! The answer is, yeah you need to say that. Cuz guess what, that's how it happens. One of the things that I can tell you for sure, is that when your child comes to you and asks, what is sex? The thing that you don't say to them is, we don't talk about those things. or you're too young or I'm not going to talk to you about it because that gives the child very clearly the message that there are some questions you can't ask and that's not the truth.

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