18/5/2021
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Sexual health and gender positive parenting

18/5/2021
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Resource

To view the resource, visitAction Canada'sSexual Health and Rightswebsite

We rarely discuss sexual health from the perspective of babies and children, but we should. As parents or carers, we want our children to grow up happy and healthy - and that includes their sexual health and well-being. Sex-positive parenting can help us to make our children's sexual health a priority, a key aspect of their health, and to teach them about gender and sexuality.

Sex-positive parenting is about teaching children - in an age and developmentally appropriate way - that sexuality is a natural, normal and healthy part of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. This includes educating ourselves to be able to initiate important conversations in our homes about consent, physical safety, gender norms, gender identity, intimacy and healthy relationships. It's answering questions when they arise (or addressing them when they are avoided) and becoming trusted educators and resources for our children. It's about developing their boundary-setting and communication skills and a positive body image.

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