Look On The Bright Side

80: How Soon Is Too Soon To Talk With Your Kids About Sex? ft Casey Wike

April 11, 2022 Jenell B. Stewart
Look On The Bright Side
80: How Soon Is Too Soon To Talk With Your Kids About Sex? ft Casey Wike
Show Notes

Sex education has always been a difficult topic to discuss with our kids, and it's only getting harder. However uncomfortable this may be, you’re the right person to do it for your kids.

One of the most common parent worries is how do they start having a conversation about sex. Do you sit your kids down one day and have a serious conversation? Do you leave them brochures or books on their bed? What's the best way?

As a parent, you cannot rely on the school system to provide sex education for your children. In many cases, schools provide no sex education at all; in others, the information provided is often inadequate or one-sided. Even if your child's school provides a very good sex education course, it may not begin until a time when your child needs your guidance on this subject.

You should begin talking to your child long before they start asking you questions about sex education. If you do not, they will get their information from other sources that are unreliable, wrong, or incomplete.

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Casey Wike, a mom, wife, sex educator, and parenting coach who has been in education for the past 13 years. She has a wide range of subject area expertise and has taught Pre-K through college-level courses as well as training teachers and parents. Casey now runs her own business, supporting parents and caregivers one on one and in small groups to help them feel comfortable and confident when talking to their children about subjects such as sex, relationships, and their bodies. 

This is going to be a fun but slightly uncomfortable conversation. However, I do feel this conversation is a great one to have with your children. Happy listening!

Episode Highlights: 

  • [02:31] The goal of this conversation
  • [05:48] About Casey Wike
  • [07:39] Sex education starts with parents
  • [08:43] Why Casey decided to take sex education on Instagram
  • [11:27] Sex and sexuality aren’t a taboo. It’s part of our lives
  • [12:15] Common myths about having the sex talk with your kids.
  • [13:36] The benefits of having the sex talk with your kids
  • [15:12] Where to start with sex talk
  • [19:21] Teach your children about consent and boundaries
  • [19:57] Satisfy your kid’s curiosity by providing answers
  • [25:32] Creating a comfortable environment to have a conversation with your kid
  • [30:44] Casey’s upbringing: What she wishes her parents knew about sex talk
  • [33:30] Sex education is not just about intercourse
  • [34:48] Biggest mistakes parents make when having the sex talk with their kids
  • [35:11] Why sex education should start early
  • [40:18] Casey’s advice to parents who have not yet started the sex conversation with their kids.
  • [42:05] Some important resources that Casey offers
  • [45:54] Casey’s final words

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Casey on Instagram

Visit her Website: https://caseywike.com/ 

Mentioned Books - What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth

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