It’s never too early to start talking

Talk Soon. Talk Often …start talking

Most parents will tell you they wished there was an instruction book for ‘how to parent’. Sadly there isn’t, and if there was it would take away from the uniqueness and difference of our kids and of our own special circumstances.

Every individual and every family is different, and that’s what makes us.. and life, interesting.

One thing that parents have in common, is the anxiety over ‘talking to their kids about sex’. It’s an age old concern, and one which is being addressed locally across Penrith, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Lithgow areas with a project called 'Talk Soon. Talk Often. Talk Now'. This project is a partnership between Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Family Planning NSW and is currently being delivered through schools and communities across the area.

At the heart of the project sits the book 'Talk Soon.Talk Often'. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex.

This book is not about the nuts and bolts of reproduction, it’s not even about ‘sex’ itself, rather it is a guide to growing happy, healthy and confident young people, who can develop good self esteem and go on to have healthy relationships.

'Talk Soon.Talk Often' helps parents and carers to have open and honest communication with their kids from early childhood. It provides tips on how to create easy conversations about bodies, relationships, health and sexuality as part of routine family communication from a really young age. It recognises that if you talking soon and often, it becomes easy to talk about anything at all.

Back to sex…. Research shows that young people who are able to talk within their families about sexuality from a young age are more likely to postpone their first sexual experience and then to have safe, positive relationships when they are ready for them.

Originally developed in Western Australia, 'Talk Soon.Talk Often' is the result of what parents asked for to help them navigate this potentially tough area of parenting. It reflects a wide mixture of parent’s views and has now been updated to suit families of NSW. The book recognises that home is the main place that children learn about sexuality and relationships, and it supports families to have conversations without fear or awkwardness about language and tricky questions.

The book is FREE for families living in the Penrith, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Lithgow local government areas, so contact us for your copy or read TalkSoon.TalkOften online.

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