My palms are a little sweaty writing this post…This is a topic NOBODY (including me) wants to discuss. But it is one of great importance, especially since children younger and younger are being bombarded with sexual content. You can’t even turn on the television at 7:00pm without almost immediately seeing (or hearing) something sexual in nature (which is why we don’t turn the TV on while our kids are awake, unless they’re watching a show specifically for children).
Thankfully, though, someone has stepped up to the plate and tackled this tough subject. And I happen to be related to her! Dr. Beth Robinson, of Kids Call Me Doc, is a licensed professional counselor who currently has a private practice specializing in traumatized children. She also is Assistant Provost and Graduate Director of Behavior Sciences at Lubbock Christian University. In addition, she has written 4 books, including God Made Me: The Safe Touch Coloring Book. She is my dad’s cousin, making her my second cousin (right?).
Before you think “Wait a second, my child is WAY too young for this” (like I did), consider this:
“When I started talking about sex education, I was talking to teenagers and their parents. I quickly realized that a lot of sex education occurs before children become adolescents. The best time to talk starting about sexuality is when your children are small. The conversations you need to have with a three, four, or five-year-old are much easier to manage than the conversations you need to have with a fifteen-year-old.
Much of the foundation of sex education is put in place during preschool and elementary school years. Keep in mind that sex education includes much more than just the physical aspects of sex. Sex education also includes developing spiritual values, understanding emotional intimacy, recognizing healthy loving relationships, respecting others, setting appropriate boundaries, and understanding how males and females are different.”
Here are some excellent articles for you to peruse regarding this subject:
Preschoolers and Sexual Behavior (I found this article especially helpful)
Are you as uncomfortable as I am? I thought so.