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Hot topic: The birds and the bees

Why it's important to be open and honest with your child about sex and relationships

Posted: 1 February 2013
by Amanda Pauley

There comes a time in every parent's life when your innocent-faced angel utters those dreaded words: "Where do babies come from?". Or worse still, they barge in just as your passion is taking hold. 

Educating your child about the birds and the bees in a relaxed, matter-of-fact way should ease any awkward moments and will help her in the long run. 

Primary schools are legally required to teach basic anatomy lessons, but anything further regarding sex and relationships is discretionary. 

There's no need to feel anxious about preparing "the talk" - it shouldn't be a one-off lesson but a gradual process. Young chldren need short, honest answers, but by age seven, you can use more technical words, like sperm and conception.

If you're struggling, grab a copy of Let's Talk About Where Babies Come From by Robbie Harris (Walker Books, £9.99) to ease any blushes.


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This infact is a question that every child asks to his/her parents and the parents have nothing to say or they feel awkward answering it. By using the birds and bees story one can give them a fair idea as to where do the babies come from . This way the information that goes to them will be appropriate also
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