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Parent24 has produced a podcast on the important, and sometimes uncomfortable, topic of parents having "The Sex Talk" with their children

When is the right time to have the sex talk? 

How much information is too much? 

Is the sex talk better left to the education system? 

Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, parents often postpone conversations about reproduction, sexual health, sexuality and other facets surrounding the birds and the bees.

In efforts to begin stripping away at the shame and the guilt attached to sexuality, Parent24 brought together two mothers, Charlene Armstrong and Samantha Herbst, who are the co-hosts of The Great Equalizer Podcast, to ask them about their experiences and approaches to educating their children on the subject.

"Don't we want to be inclusive?" Asks Herbst. "Don't we want our children to know that we're the first people that they can come to if they are questioning these things?"

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In this podcast, we speak about the ways in which having these conversations with children can not only educate them, but also protects them from sexual abuse by teaching them to understand their boundaries.

"We try and control all aspects, but the reality is, as we get older, we cannot," says Herbst. "There will come a point where your child is impacted on by the outside world."

"It's a difficult thing to navigate, but I would rather my child be exposed to absolutely everything and know that at home it's safe," explains Armstrong.

By creating a safe space for honest conversation, the hope is that more parents will encourage questions and open communication with their children, and equip them with the knowledge they need to navigate the outside world.

To quote the legendary Maya Angelou: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better".

Listen to more podcasts like this one here.  


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