It’s a tough conversation and many parents don’t have all the answers, but one counselor says the best thing you can do is remind your children that you’re there to help them.
“I think it needs to start young, when you feel like your child is mature enough to talk about good touch and bad touch,” said Amanda Beverly, “Licensed Professional Counselor.
Amanda Beverly is a licensed professional counselor with LifeBridge Services LLC.
She specializes in counseling children and sexual behaviors.
She says parents can start to have that conversation as young as 4 or five years old as long as the parents believe their child is mature enough for that talk.
The topic maybe uncomfortable, but Beverly says it’s a conversation worth having to keep your child safe.
She says the best way to start? To dive right in.
“You have to address it just by saying I’ve heard this saw going on or I’ve seen this on the news or I’ve hear this on the radio, lets sit down and talk about it. Have you experienced any of this, have you been exposed to any of this. I think it’s important to validate the child and let them know, I know this is embarrassing, you’re probably not the most comfortable talking about this with your parent,” said Amanda Beverly, “Licensed Professional Counselor.
Beverly also says if the topic is too uncomfortable, coming to a counselor with your child is always an option and an easy way to help start the discussion.