Talk soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex
As a parent you will answer thousands of questions but the ones about sexuality and relationships are often the most challenging to answer. Some parents can be so worried about giving an absolutely perfect answer that they end up saying nothing at all.
You and your family are the most important source of sexuality and relationship information for your children. More than anyone else, you will lay the foundations for well adjusted, confident and healthy children who go on to experience positive relationships.
So what is the best way to handle these very important questions? It’s simple - talking a little and often makes a positive difference to your child’s sexual health.
In response to advice that parents needed support in their role as the primary sex educators of their children, WA Health has developed Talk Soon Talk Often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex.
This free resource has been developed to help parents initiate regular and relaxed conversations with their children about sexuality and relationships.
Talk Soon Talk Often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex (PDF 2.25MB)
We have also developed a one-page tip sheet outlining the key concepts and facts that strengthen sexual health education within families.
Tip sheet (PDF 65.6KB)
The Let’s Yarn website (external site) is based on the Talk soon Talk often book. It gives tips to parents of young Aboriginal people to help make yarning about sex and relationships a little easier. It offers:
- tips for how to talk to your kids as they grow up
- tips for answering tricky questions
- links to videos and books for sharing with your kids.
The Parent Sexual Health Resources project was commissioned by the Department of Health in Western Australia (WA), following consultative research with young people in WA about their own experience of sexual health education.
This study concluded that there is a need for resources to support parents and family members as sexuality educators of their children.
Due to the high demand for the parent resource, 'Talk Soon. Talk Often', the book will only be posted to Western Australian postcodes. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Talk soon talk often order form
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Where to get help
- Kids can talk confidentially about any sort of problem with a trained counsellor, on the Kids Help Line (24 hours) on 1800 551 800 (free from a land line only).
- Visit The Hormone Factory (external site), a great site with lots of answers for 10 to 12 year olds, especially about puberty.
- Another good site for teenagers is Get the facts (external site).
- For general health information call healthdirect on 1800 022 222.
- For information about general sexual health and contraception:
- For help with sexual abuse or assault, phone the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (24 hour emergency line) on 9340 1828 or 1800 199 888 for country callers (free from land line only).
This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.