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    Reflections on Parenting and Sex Education Initiation

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    ⦁ When I was in Elementary School I wish I had known _________ and I wish my parents had known ___________.
    ⦁ When I was in Middle School I wish I had known ________ and I wish my parents had known __________.
    At what age do you think parents should start talking to their kids about sex. Please explain why you feel that way.

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    ⦁ When I was in Elementary School I wish I had known _________ and I wish my parents had known ___________.

    During this period, children are about age nine through about age twelve and parents can literally be of any age range. I only mention age because life experience is the main factor for both of these statements.

    Many times we say to ourselves, as adults, "if only I had known, I would have done _________________ differently."

    As children, we learn minute by minute and much of what we learned and did as children was spontaneous without much thought process behind it. As adults we tend to think through our thoughts and actions with more deliberation, for the most part.

    In Elementary School, many adults look back and may wish they had known:

    -That I am not what others' think I am. Children will notice any and all differences in other children. For example, "your nose is big," "your ears look like Dumbo's," "your eyes look like Garfield's," and such. Those children on the receiving end may feel as though the others are right and internalize these statements. Parents need to understand this dynamic and assist their children to develop their self-esteem from the youngest age possible. Parents shouldn't just be telling children not to listen to those people. They need to help their children understand self-confidence and positive self-image.

    -That they could speak up for ...

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    This solution will assist the student in discussing adults' retrospection on what they wished they would have known as children and what children may have wished their parents to have known. It also provides an opinion of when parents should talk to their children about sex.