How to answer questions your child may have after an RSE lesson
You may find that following an RSE session in your child’s school they come home and decide to talk to you about the day- or the lessons, or perhaps something pops up on a TV show that shows sexual behaviour or risk – you could use this as an opportunity to initiate a conversation around healthy relationships or staying safe within a relationship.
Try not to lecture your child, we were all teenagers once! Try to listen to them and be prepared for questions (a lot of them) remember- scare tactics often don’t work! A huge fear of young people not talking to parents is fear that parents will be disappointed, angry or upset. A parent’s reaction is really important.
Once your child knows that you are comfortable discussing these topics they may ask your opinion or even questions that you don’t have the answers to. Always praise your child for feeling like they can talk to you about this topic, acknowledging that you are always there for advice and support can go a long way, especially through adolescence and teenage years.
As a parent you are not expected to have all of the answers, but you can always support your child in accessing a sexual health service where they can have access to professional sexual health advice from doctors, nurses and health care advisers.
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