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Parents @ Sandyford Makes it Easier to Talk to Your Kids About Growing Up

NHS GGC have recently announced the launch of Parents @ Sandyford, a website to make it easier parents to talk to their kids about growing up.

In 2015 NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde consulted parents across their catchment area about how they see their role in educating children about growing up, puberty, sexual health and relationships.

It can be a tough subject to broach with kids, with many things wrapped in innuendo and confusion, but NHS found that parents:

  • View school based learning positively and want to back up the learning at home
  • Feel unsure about what to talk about at each age/stage and what language to use – particularly words for private areas of the body
  • Want to access information and resources, from a reliable source, online

To help with this, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have launched a website to help answer these questions and help parents speak to their children about the natural parts of growing up.

It has advice for Pre-5s, Primary, Secondary and a dedicated section for children with Additional Support Needs to ensure that no child is left behind.

You can find the site here: Parents @ Sandyford

Parents @ Sandyford’s Top Tips

A couple of top tips from Parents @ Sandyford on handling those tough questions…

Be Calm

Even if you don’t answer a question, children will pick up messages from the way you react. Looking shocked, being angry or flustered indicates that this is not something its ok to talk about.

Regardless of what they ask, stay calm and congratulate them for asking. This will make them feel confident to ask you questions in the future. If they’re asking you it’s because they trust and respect your opinion – even if it doesn’t always seem that way!

It’s ok to delay answering

This is more likely to be the case with younger children, who will ask things as it occurs to them and haven’t grasped the potential embarrassment factor for parents, for example, questions about where babies come from while you’re at the checkout in the supermarket.

Don’t forget to check out Parents @ Sandyford.

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