Many parents today want to contribute to the sex education of their children. Societal values about sex are rapidly changing, and we all are exposed to contrasting opinions. How much should children see, or how much should they be told? Many parents— even some who are comfortable with their own sexuality—have difficulty judging the "best" way to react to their children’s sexuality.

Perhaps the information that we offer in the following paragraphs will help modify some of this uncertainty. We do not profess to have the last word on raising sexually healthy children, so we advise you to read this material with a critical eye. Along the way, however, you may acquire some new insights that will aid you in your efforts to provide meaningful sex education for your children, either now or in the future.