'My child came out as transgender' - advice on sex ed and modern-day parenting

Are you equipped with the knowledge and vocabulary to talk about sexuality with your child?

Parents in this day and age face new challenges when it comes to sexuality education, says clinical sexologist Dr Eve.

Read: Gender, fluidity, and reality of sex for Generation Z

Dr Eve says that parents today need to bring in the complex layers of sexual flexibility, plasticity and abuse when discussing sexuality.

She says parents are obligated to learn about the current sexuality issues that their children are exposed to on a daily basis.

Also read: How to protect your child from abuse right under your roof

These include topics such as gender identities, sexual orientation, diverse and non-binary relationship structures, genetic sexual attraction, sexual abuse, sex work, sexual desires and more.

Dr Eve shares her advice on how to prepare for conversations with your children about intimacy, their bodies, their sexuality and their sexual health.

Read more: Trans kids need to be supported (not surpressed) by parents, says Dr Eve

Today, to be a parent it's not good enough to do the old-fashioned sex ed, which most people haven't done.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

You as a parent have got an obligation and responsibility to expand yourself in a creative way to be including these points of discussion with your children when you are talking to them about intimacy, their bodies, their sexuality and their sexual health.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Parents have to step back and do the work of finding comfortability, tolerance, education and support groups for themselves while supporting their children.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

If you deny, negate, punish or criminalise, the children will suffer in terms of their mental health later in life.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Callers phoned in about raising transgender children, teaching them about sex and their own experiences of growing up.

Visit Dr Eve's website to learn more.

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