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Just as there are important physical milestones that indicate children are developing normally, there are also important emotional milestones that are necessary for healthy development. When a child talks, walks, potty trains or rides a bike, parents see those accomplishments as exciting and brag-worthy.

But what about when a child accomplishes a sense of safety, self-confidence and self-acceptance?  We don’t typically cheer for or even notice these emotional milestones, but they are critical to healthy development, which includes developing healthy sexuality.

The emotional milestones for each age group can be described as a question that begs an answer during that stage in life. And it is important that each child...