While it does take some forethought, parents can provide accurate information to their children about sexuality and reinforce their spiritual or religious values.
Many families belong to particular religious denominations, while others have a strong sense of spirituality without belonging to an organized faith community.
Most faith traditions talk about sexuality as a gift of God – something to be respected and in which to find joy.
Still others talk about values and beliefs without discussing religion or spirituality at all.
A growing national coalition of organizations has worked to promote family communication about sexuality through helpful publications and vital community programs for the past 25 years.
To learn what may be available in your community, contact Planned Parenthood of America or any of the agencies on the national coalition.
Correct misinformation gently, and reinforce your values whenever possible. Too often, parents think they need to wait until they collect enough information and energy to be prepared to have "THE TALK" with their children.