Why Parents Should Talk to Their Kids About Sex and Sexuality

It should be no secret that kids are heavily influenced by their parents. After all, they spend most of their lives around you and will pick up different habits that you have. As a result, it’s your responsibility to instil good values into your children, and this is where it helps to sit them down and speak to them about important life concepts.

 

One good example is regarding sex and sexuality. This is a topic that your children will eventually find out about, even if it means talking to friends or asking their teachers. However, we believe it’s a good idea to step in at an early stage to teach them about it before they have a chance to stumble upon it.

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It’s an opportunity to bond

 

When raising children, finding opportunities to bond with your kids is really important for their development and your relationship with them. Your children want to know that you’re always looking out for them and that you’re not afraid of talking about difficult or unique subjects with them. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to bond and teach your child about certain important concepts in life, so try to do it before they have a chance to learn from their peers.

 

But when exactly should you do it? Most children are exposed to information about sex and sexuality at a much younger age than you’d expect. This is especially true if you give them unfiltered access to the internet or television. While many parents do rely on the school system to teach their kids about sex and sexuality, it’s never a bad idea to start talking about it especially as your child’s body begins to develop.

 

Topics to cover with your child

 

We believe that safety is one of the most important topics to cover. For instance, talking about contraception methods and sexually transmitted diseases will help them understand the dangers of having unprotected sex. However, they should also understand that regular unprotected sex with a partner is the most common way to start a family.

 

You also shouldn’t be afraid to answer questions that your child has, especially if an intimate scene appears on television. If your child’s school is teaching sex education, then you should ask your child about the topics they’ve covered and review them together. It’s also important that you help your child differentiate between the portrayal of sex in the media and real relationships. While it can initially seem embarrassing or awkward to talk with your child about intimate subjects like sex, it’s an essential part of their development and it ensures that they’re learning from a trustworthy source as opposed to just their peers.

 

Contrary to popular belief, teaching your child about sex and sexuality from an early age does not lead to promiscuity. With that said, we hope that you and your child can bond over discussing important topics in life to give them more experience and to improve your family relationships.

National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Did you know that April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month? The theme for this year, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, is “Embrace Your Voice.” From a blog post in September by Susan Sullivan announcing the theme, she says “Our words shape the world around us. How we talk about sexual violence matters,” spurring forward the theme “Embrace Your Voice.”

For over 40 years, SABRE has stood as a proud advocate of women’s safety through their extensive line of self-defense products and by teaming up with several philanthropic causes that operate on a global scale. The SABRE team is passionate about prevention and equipping women to fight back and feel safe. With a variety of safety products, self-defense programs and other resources available, SABRE is dedicated to personal safety on all fronts.

“Even in today’s modern world there are still women in the fight for their lives,” said SABRE CEO David Nance. “Up to 70% of women globally will suffer a violent experience in their lifetime—potentially more as many assaults and rapes go unreported.”

SABRE is currently partnered with three unique causes dedicated to helping women and children lead safer lives with greater confidence.

  • Kuros! A Fighting Chance – For every teal Kuros! pepper spray that’s purchased, SABRE makes donations of their police strength pepper sprays to the program. Since 2015, they’ve facilitated drops in Central America, India, South Africa, and Southeast Asia, donating over $156K in sprays to help women protect themselves against physical and sexual abuse. The bright blue Kuros!™ Key Case Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring is in collaboration with Kuros!

  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) – SABRE has donated over $40K since 2010 through the sale of their red RAINN series. This network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization and has helped more than 2.5 million people since 1994. Supporting the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the RAINN Key Case Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring.

  • National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) – Since 2008, SABRE has raised $1.55M for National Breast Cancer Foundation through the sale of their pink NBCF line of pepper sprays and personal alarms. The proceeds helped launch their National Mammography Program which has provided 293,031 screening & diagnostic services to women in need across the country. The Pink Key Case Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring is in collaboration with the NBCF.

SABRE has collaborated with these organizations to offer a variety of safety products to help keep men and women alike safe on a global scale. Other popular safety products include Pepper Spray & Personal Alarm Safety KitPepper Gel Kit with Keychain Pepper Gel, Practice Gel, Target & Training Video, and the SABRE Tactical Stun Gun with LED Flashlight & Anti-Grab Technology.

To learn more about SABRE’s many charitable lines of self-defense products, visitwww.sabrered.com or contact Katie Lapinski at katie@veteranpr.com.