Sex Education for Daughters
How to talk to your daughters about sex education? It’s quite difficult to discuss sex education with your children in general, especially your girls. Moms play a major role in their daughters’ sexual education. It’s crucial for a mother to learn her daughters’ perspectives on sexual health and practices.
Sex Education for Daughters in the Middle East
According to research conducted in Iran, mothers play a critical role in sexual health education for adolescent girls. As a result, understanding their perspectives on sexual education can aid in the development of effective interventions. A Qualitative study, done in Mahshahr, investigates and evaluates the perspectives of mothers and their girls aged 12–18, as well as the views of other key informants. Information was gathered through focus groups and interviews. The participants discussed the need for adolescent girls to receive sexual health education. They also evaluated the resources that mothers use to obtain the information. Finally, they talked about the barriers facing sexual health education and the need to empower mothers, suggesting the development of special training programs.
Importance of Sexual education
Many parents believe that sex education is predominantly important for females. It is critical to begin talking about these issues with your children early on in their lives. Parents’ concerns about changes in girls’ developing bodies, the onset of menstruation, their vulnerability to teenage pregnancy, and the significance of girls’ physical protection in the context of sexual abuse led to this viewpoint. In addition, several parents expressed concerns over the media’s sexualization of girls’ and women’s bodies, stating that developing girls’ critical thinking abilities and understanding surrounding these problems was vital. Girls are usually more vulnerable to media sexualization than boys. Our children grow up in a society where they are exposed to sexual language, images, and behaviors before they are developmentally ready to deal with them.
Sex Education for Teenage Girls
1. Don’t underestimate the power of love. Even if your definition and viewpoint of love differ from your child’s, recognize the importance of romantic attachments in a teenager’s life and profoundly strong sentiments they elicit.
2. Do not neglect to educate your children. Someone else will educate them if you don’t. They pick up on the behaviors and attitudes of other adults, the media and popular culture, and, of course, their peers. Take a stand and have your voice heard as part of their sex education.
3. Early and often, bring up the subject of sex. The teenagers don’t always pay attention to you. Probably, they won’t believe you all of the time. They frequently forget, especially if they were not prepared to hear you. (However, they are frequently listening even when they are pretending not to.)
4. Pick the proper time and location. In a developmental context, provide accurate information. Determine the actual nature of the issues and then provide an honest response that satisfies both parties.
5. Give your children the ability to make decisions. Let them know that they have the right to be respected in their relationships, to have their own space, to choose their friends, and to feel good about themselves. Teach them that a healthy relationship allows you to be more of who you already are and feel even better about it.
6. Use media to your advantage. Use themes from the news and popular teen culture to start theoretical discussions about sex and relationships. Avoid making pronouncements and passing judgements, even on fictional characters. Your children will expect you to behave in the same way if they ever find themselves in a similar circumstance.
7. Speak less and listen more. You should pay more attention to what you’re hearing than what you’re saying. Serve as a sounding board for maturing youths as they make their own informed decisions concerning their sexual practices.
To promote independent decision making, engaging the children in sexuality discussions goes a long way than just lecturing them on what they “should” and “shouldn’t” do. Teaching children about sex does not imply a lack of morals at home. Recognizing sexuality is not the same as accepting or approving sex. Parents can follow up by having conversations about how (and from what) to be abstinent, as well as how to control impulses and cravings, and making them understand that sexual thoughts and sensations are normal. It opens the door to a more in-depth discussion on how to keep their teens safe and responsible as they begin to engage in intimate physical or sexual activities.
Authored by Afifa Maryam Siddiqui
Edited by Yara Fakhoury
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