Truth is never off limits. The world doesn’t hesitate to begin lying to children at a young age. Neither should we hold back the Truth. We see a great, permission-giving example of this when the Israelites enter the Promised Land…
There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel with the women and the little ones and the strangers who were living among them.
— Joshua 8:35
Joshua told the whole of it and didn’t skip a word with the little ones present. Don’t be afraid to share the Truth. We get to be storytellers!
The most important thing is that we are regularly communicating with our kids. As with any relationship, there will be miscommunication, misunderstanding and misfiring, but nothing can replace the intuition and intimacy you have with the young people in your life.
By way of example, when you teach children about something like trees, you intuitively know that at age two about all they can handle is “this is a tree.” As they grow you may begin to describe various trees by their names—Maple, Oak, Pine. You’ll address the different parts—branches, trunk, roots—or various functions—beauty, shade, oxygen. Eventually you will turn to the symbolism or artistic merit of trees. And one day before you know it, your young pupil will be in a collegiate level botany class teaching you!
Notice how in this context, the natural progression of conversation doesn’t seem so intimidating? It can be this way with sex too—another one of God’s brilliant, creative ideas that we are free in Him to experience and discuss.