Opening Up … Conversations about the Human Body and Sex Education

  • Children need to get the right information from the right sources and who better than parents. To be on the safe side it would be good if both parents did the education together in a loving, caring environment. Children’s questions need to be answered honestly — of course in language that is appropriate for their age.
  • Talking about good touch and bad touch is not enough. They should be able to stop behaviour that makes them uncomfortable — even if it is pulling chubby cheeks. So it has to be about a comfortable or uncomfortable touch.
  • Children need to have the vocabulary to convey if they are being abused or molested or even harassed.
  • Boys need sex education just as much as girls. They have worries and anxieties and questions just like the girls do. They cannot learn the right attitudes and values while sowing their wild oats. I was asked to speak to the 7th standard boys of a co-ed school. They had taken a sanitary napkin from a girl’s bag and were throwing it around to each other like a ball. I spoke to them about menstruation, and how it was the life-giving ability in a woman’s body by comparing it to soil that is prepared for the growth of a seed. I also told them that they would not have been born if their mothers did not menstruate. I told them about menstrual hygiene and the use of a sanitary napkin. I hope they went away better young boys to grow into caring young men.
  • Young people need to understand the difference between love and infatuation. People get into relationships and marriage and then realize that they were in love with love and not a person. You know that, ‘Mere samne wale kidki me, mera chand ka tukda rehta hai; …’

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Phyllis Farias

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Educational Consultant with 2 passions in life: the Child — from toddler to adolescent, and Education — education philosophy and psychology

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