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What to Do If Your Child Interrupts You during Sex

5 of 10 in Series: The Essentials of Talking to Children about Sex

How should parents handle it when a child walks in on them in the middle of sexual intercourse? First, don’t worry too much about the time your child accidentally catches you making love. This situation happens to plenty of couples, and, if you don’t make a big deal of it, the child probably won’t realize what was going on, and there will be no consequences whatsoever.

The danger to children comes not from an accident, but from repeatedly seeing material not suited to their age. You certainly know that, if you show a small child a horror movie, that child will have nightmares. Well, if you let children watch shows that have a high sexual content, they may have the equivalent to a nightmare, only, instead of scaring them, it may play havoc with their libidos.

Knowing that Mommy and Daddy love each other is important for children. If you and your spouse kiss and hug in front of your child regularly then, if someday your child does catch you having sex, he or she won’t connect it with something terrible — even though the noises adults can make while engaged in sex can frighten a child.

Again, although no great harm can come to a child from catching you “in the act,” a very cheap method of protection is available — the eye-and-hook lock. You can purchase such a device for less than a dollar, and, if you remember to lock it when you make love, you can save yourself some embarrassment, if nothing else.

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