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Jessica Biel shares why she’s teaching her 2-year-old about sex-ed 

Right now, it’s more important than ever to teach our children at a young age the importance of respecting our bodies and understanding body safety. Parents Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are wasting no time teaching their 2-year-old son, Silas, about male and female anatomy.

During the 2018 MAKERS Conference, Biel talked about her sexual education PSA video she made with with Chelsea Handler. “We’re using technical terms…we shower together, and [we say]. ‘This is what I’ve got. This is what you’ve got,” says Biel. “It’s a beautiful thing. You have it and mine is different and it’s cool, man.”

Many people were brought up in homes where talking about the birds and the bees was frowned upon. Some may have even first learned about sexual education in school instead of through a conversation with mom and dad.

While not everyone will agree with Biel and Timberlake’s choice, their reasoning behind it is something we can all agree on. “We just talk about it. I know it’s really young, but I really believe that if you start this early, there’s no shame.” She later continued, “We have to respect ourselves and respect each other.”

There’s no right or wrong way to teach our children about sexual education or body safety, but we should ensure that they feel comfortable enough to come to us if something ever seems inappropriate. That begins by making sure our kids never feel shame for talking about their bodies, private parts, or situations that make them uncomfortable and ends with always discussing respect.

Kaitlyn is the Web Editor for Motherly and is obsessed with all things editorial. Her experience centers around curating content, crafting social strategies and editing words for women-centric content. She resides just outside of NYC.

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