Sex Education: Preschoolers
By age 4 most children develop a healthy sexual curiosity. They ask a variety of questions and need honest, brief answers. If they don't ask sexual questions by age 5, it is your job to bring up this subject. If you don't, they may acquire a lot of misinformation from their schoolmates.
- First: Teach the differences in anatomy, and the proper names for body parts. This is easy to do during baths with siblings or friends.
- Second: Teach about pregnancy and where babies come from. The easiest way is to get a pregnant friend to volunteer and have your child feel her baby moving about.
- Third: Explain the birth process. Tell your child that the baby comes out through a special passage called the vagina. Help him understand the process by seeing the birth of some puppies or kittens.
- Fourth: Also, explain sexual intercourse. Many parents who discuss everything else, keep postponing this topic. Get past this hurdle by reading your child some picture books on sex education. If you don't, your child will learn about sexual intercourse from schoolmates by age 6 or 7.
In summary, if you cover these topics by age 5, your child will find it easy to ask you more about them as he grows older. If you have any questions about sex education, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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