Talking To Teens About Sex

Talking To Teens About Sex

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  1. Talking to teens about sex is not an easy topic for many parents to approach. It can be stressful and embarrassing for both teen and parent. However, it does not have to be that way.  I’d like to give you a few guidelines to follow when talking with your teen.

    • When you first sit down with your teen let them know you are there to have "the talk." Make sure the teen knows you are not going to judge them and that you understand because "you have been there and done that."
    • Let your teen know that by having sex not only can pregnancy occur but sexually transmitted diseases can occur. Birth control pills is not always a 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy and it surely does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Even when condoms are used, they can break and both can occur.
    • Let your teen know having sex with multiple partners can make a "name" for them. That eventually relationships they enter into, the partner may have heard how easy they are and will expect them to have sex at a moments notice. After they get what they want, they may never hear from them again.
    • Answer any questions your teen has as honestly as possible. The more open minded you are with your teen the more likely you are to prevent them from having sex before they are ready.
    • Explain that you understand what they are feeling and that you will be there for them in what ever choices they make, good or bad.

    For more information on teen pregnancy and how to cope please visit Teenage Pregnancy and How to Cope.

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