Sexual development of the child
Primary purpose of this handbook is to help parents to be relaxed and prepared to accept sexuality as a part of their child’s development and to be prepared to answer their child’s questions about sexuality by giving information simply and appropriately for the child’s age, so that the child can see the parent as a reliable and honest person to be trusted and to be asked for answers.
The child is physically growing, learning more and more words, showing more feelings and interest for various things. At the same time the child is sexually developing. Sexuality is normal and healthy part of human life starting with birth and continuing throughout life. Parents’ attitude and parents’ reactions to sexuality are extremely important for the development of the child’s attitude to sexuality. When the parent is at ease and relaxed with sexual issues, children will also be more relaxed with their sexuality.