What you need to know

 

 

 
How do I answer children’s questions?
 
·       Always value the question, never dismiss it
·       Answer the question with a question, for example: “That’s a really good questions, what do you think it means?” This will allow you to ascertain how much the child or young person already knows
·       Be aware of your body language, facial expressions and tone of voice – children and young people learn a lot from body language
·       Give honest, short, simple answers
·       Use correct names for sexual organs and sexual behaviour
·       Let children and young people know that others may have different views or values about sexuality
·       Teach them that respect for differences is important
·       Let them know that you are always available for questions
·       Admit when you don’t know the answer and help find it elsewhere
 
 
 
What if I don’t know the answer?
 

·       Don’t make it up – incorrect information is almost worse than no information

·       Clarify what your Child means – this will establish what they know and can help you construct your answer

·       Children don’t always ask questions at appropriate times - If you are caught unawares tell them, “That’s a really good question - we’ll talk about it when we get home”.

·       It is ok not to know the answer and it is ok to say so

·       If you cannot answer your Child or young person’s question, be honest and tell them you will get back to them later. You will find a list of resources here to help you

·       Suggest the two of you look for the answer together, perhaps on a website – resource list

 
 

 

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