Primary School children are inquisitive little beings who want a satisfactory answer to everything that they’re curious about. This also includes their bodies. They require age-appropriate information about puberty, sex, and reproduction. And this is not one of those big talks that you need to find an occasion to talk about; rather, it’s a continuous conversation.
It would be best if you reiterate the same discussions casually every now and then because the physical and emotional changes can be traumatic to a child’s self-esteem and confidence if they’re not mentally prepared for it. As a parent, guardian, or teacher, you might have even to guide them regarding relationships in this age-group.
A Child’s Sexual Development
As parents, every little development of the child is a moment of ecstasy. Whether it’s the first solid food, first steps, or the first spoken words. But when it comes to first sexual development interaction, parents often feel paralyzed to respond. The child might question why they’re being sent to a gendered washroom, or why girls wear a different undergarment than boys, etc.
A general reluctance to talk about the various stages of sexual development by parents might mean a lack of general knowledge in the child about their bodies. Sometimes this leads to unnecessary anxiety and interest in a child for nudity and sex.
Talking About Sex
By the time children are in primary school, they already have a lot of questions. One of the first ones begin with, ‘Where did I come from?’. It’s vital to give age-appropriate answers at this time. It helps to establish a sense of trust in children to ask questions from adults. This way, the family also lays the groundwork for children to feel okay about their bodies and changing bodily functions.
Sex education for primary school children is all about how adults talk about their bodies. It’s essential to teach them how to care for, respect, and protect their bodies. The school authorities should also develop vital programs for awareness in the child community. Ir helps children to receive information from the right sources because otherwise, they’re dependent on friends, internet, media, etc.
Sexual Development in a Primary School Child
Physical changes, hormonal changes, and emotional changes constitute a significant part of this age-group. Kids in primary school display many kinds of behaviours. Some of these are:
-They begin to dislike being naked, even in front of their parents.
-They begin to form same-sex groups where the boys or girls become ‘others.’
-Games start to involve kissing, and adult role-play.
-Children are curious about sexual intercourse and pregnancy.
-Through ‘Doctor Play,’ they enjoy exploring each other bodies.
How to Talk to Your Child
Here are a few suggestions that you can incorporate to talk to your child about sexual education, depending on your level of comfort with them.
-By the age of 10, if your child hasn’t asked you any questions, it’s probably because they’re shy, So do not wait for them to ask, instead begin open discussions.
-When children start asking you not to help them in the washroom, because they feel modest, it’s an excellent time to start talking about privacy.
-A lot of girls begin developing breasts by the age of 9-10 years of age. Make sure that you educate your boys and girls about the bodily changes that they will experience.
-The talks about body education should be repeated now and then to remind children about being conscious.
-Children should also have a go-to person with whom they can discuss all the personal and crazy stuff.
-Depending on the school’s sexual education programs, support your child with relevant material.
Getting Rid of the Discomfort of Sex Ed Talks
Discussing sex education with children is often a difficult task for parents. Because as children grow up, talking about details gets tougher. And if you have never had it, beginning to talk about sexual education might be very difficult. Here are a few suggestions that might be useful for parents.
-Try introducing your children to age-appropriate books and videos.
-Sometimes being honest with your child about feeling shy might be a good idea. You can provide them with the right material instead of explaining yourself.
-If you think you don’t have answers to the questions, your child is asking, log onto the internet, and surf through. You’ll find many mom blogs discussing all awkward issues and how they tackled through these situations.
-All the while, you try to explain, also tell them about your family’s morals, values, and beliefs; otherwise, they would never know.