It is never too soon, or too late, to start talking to our children about consent. Consent means so much more than “yes” or “no” to sex with another person. For younger children, it can mean how to be affectionate with a friend or relative. For adolescents in relationships, it can mean how to make sure both people are comfortable with any level of physical affection, including holding hands, kissing, or sexual activity; and it can mean where, when, how, and how often both people are comfortable.
Talking about consent can feel overwhelming, confusing, or uncomfortable. But if we don’t talk about it with our children, how can we expect them to talk about it with a partner?
See below for ideas and resources for how to understand and talk to your child, of any age, about consent.