In order for parents to be good sex educators for their children, it is necessary to:
- To show mutual attention, tenderness, consideration and respect in front of the child as often as possible;
- To co-operate in as many areas as possible on an equal footing, to take care of the child together, to do housework together, to work together, to have fun and rest together, to rejoice together and to bear life’s difficulties together;
- To avoid any mutual tactlessness, rudeness, insults, emotional coldness, vulgarity, quarrels and other signs of mutual intolerance;
- To treat the child in an emotionally healthy way, to accept it with true parental love, to avoid emotionally neglecting the child, to avoiding rigid authority towards it, as well as painful sentimentality and excessive affective attachment of the child to everything;
- To divorce if they are unable to build a harmonious, full-fledged marriage based on sincere mutual love;
- In the event of a conflict they do not abuse the child as a means of mutual struggle, defiance or revenge, but that, despite disagreement or divorce, they treat the child as proper educators.
Healthy Sexuality and Positive Emotions: The Child’s Perspective
A child’s sexual development begins in childhood when it is exposed to the principles of healthy sexuality and positive emotions in the relationship between the sexes. By adhering to these principles, the parents give the child the opportunity to identify with their natural, healthy attitude toward sexuality.
Psychosexual Maturity in the Family: A Parent’s Role in a Child’s Upbringing
By avoiding educational mistakes and adhering as much as possible to advanced, psychohygiene-oriented education, parents build in the child a component of psychosexual maturity. In the family upbringing of children, it is especially important to prevent rivalry among children of different sexes.