Dr. Berman says it's important to start an ongoing conversation when your kids are young that will continue to develop as they get older. "They want a sense from a very early age, not so much about the nuts and bolts about sex, but that it's okay to ask questions about their body," Dr. Berman says. "If you wait to have that one big talk until they're 13, 14, it's often too late."
Use Dr. Berman's guide to help start the conversation with kids of any age.
Dr. Berman says making them feel good about themselves is key. "Feeling good about their bodies. Feeling good about their genitals. Feeling good about their sexual function. Feeling empowered about who they are as people and as sexual beings. And then that makes the path so much easier when they're in their teen years."