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“I teach my toddlers sex – you shouldn’t wait until they’re teenagers”

A mother has spoken openly about why she started teaching her two- and three-year-olds sex and is trying to “normalize” this often touchy subject after her own uncomfortable sex ed experience.

Caroline Hemmingham with her two children
The mother of two hasn’t had great experiences with her own sex education

A Hull mum has started teaching her toddlers all about birds and bees and believes it’s vital to get started sex education at a young age.

In an article for Hull Live , Mother Caroline Hemmingham explained that she’s already teaching her two- and three-year-olds where Babies I’m from.

Caroline believes it’s important to have these types of conversations well in advance of the child teenage years, You don’t want them to feel “embarrassed or confused” as they get older.

For example, she has already spoken to her little daughter about it periods help prepare them for the future without feeling the kind of shame that many girls experience all too often.

Caroline says this kind of candid approach helps “normalize” the subject while also helping to avoid the kind of awkward sex education sessions she remembers from childhood.







Caroline doesn’t want her children to be embarrassed when they get older
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The mother of two was inspired after reading the 1950s era education Manual The intelligent parenting guide who advises parents to tell their children the facts of life if they haven’t asked for it by the age of five.

According to this book: “It is important that the child gets an overview and does not associate anything forbidden with the topic”.

Caroline explained: “The book goes on to say that if by the age of five your child has not asked where the babies are from, the parents should ‘voluntarily give’ the information.

“It has been said, ‘If a child under the age of six is ​​given a simple, step-by-step explanation of what he wants to know, when his curiosity is piqued, he will accept the facts of birth with the same unconcern with which he accepts other natural things Phenomena like wind, rain and sun.’

“That’s so true! Sex is, let’s face it, one of the most natural things in the world, so why not talk about it with our kids from a young age?”

She went on to say that the general consensus is to wait until puberty Having “the conversation” will only lead to awkwardness, for both the child and the parent.

Caroline recalled her less-than-ideal sex ed class in fifth grade: “The whole class sat in front of a television and showed a video of a man and woman walking around their homes.

“It kept freezing and then arrows were pointing to all the ‘rude’ body parts. As you can imagine, everyone giggled and the (male) teacher sat cross-legged in the front, looking utterly mortified.

“I don’t think we had any sex classes at my secondary school. How crazy is that?!”

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