7 Sexual Abuse Prevention Discussions to Have With Your Co-Parent(s)
A single mom recently asked us how she could get on the same page as her children’s father and their stepmother when it came to talking about healthy sexual development. She wanted to introduce topics in both households so that the children had continuity in what they were learning.
A dad recently joked that his wife handled all of the talks and he wasn’t actually sure what his children were learning about sex, or if they were.
Another couple disagreed on what should be taught to children and when. They weren’t sure how to decide who was right and who was wrong.
For all of these situations (and a few others) creating an open dialogue with your co-parent(s) will make all the difference in the world. It will allow you to make sure that your child is getting consistent messages across the board and nothing is getting left out of the little talks you’re both having with him or her. Co-parenting can be challenging, but it’s important that you get on the same page.
Here are seven things to talk to your co-parent about:
When will the talks take place?
Topics you’ll discuss.
Phrases and wording.
Who will address which topic?
Values you want to address.
Look at your circle of trust.
What you don’t know.
No matter the parental situation in your child’s life, there is a way for all parents to participate in the conversations about healthy sexual development. Get all the adults together, be open, and talk it through. Giving your child a consistent message is important, so try to get everyone on the same page.
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