TV nature programs have also stimulated many a family discussion. Teach them about relationships, caring, and commitment. We would stick out our tongues as far as they could reach, until they met in the middle, and then we'd scream and pull them back into our mouths. Exploration and experimentation is not sexual abuse. How you react — your voice, the words you use, your facial expressions — is one of your child's first lessons in sexuality. Two of her top picks: Enter your email below and we'll send you another email.
Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-aged kids develop an emotional and physical foundation for sexuality in many subtle ways as they grow.
When siblings inspect each other's bodies
For most young children, showing off their genitals or examining somebody else's -- what used to be called "playing doctor" -- is just another way of figuring out the world. You'll often find kids this age giggling over "dirty" jokes about sex, body parts, sexual orientation, etc. It also makes it more likely your child will use you as a resource for information and guidance. How do girls and women behave? Talking with Kids about Tough Issues: Most experts agree that children do not learn about sexuality in just one day.