How To Talk To Your Teens About Sex
Talking to your teens about sex is not an easy thing to do. It is a conversation most parents are uncomfortable having with their children. However, it is a discussion that needs to take place. If you aren’t the one who educates your child on this subject, then you leave it in the hands of someone else—a peer, the internet, television. It’s also important to remember that this conversation needs to take place early and often. Otherwise, you may miss the opportunity to reach your teen before they start having sex.
Here are some helpful links that offer tips on how to start the conversation and what you should discuss.
The Knox County Health Department has put together a parent's guide to sex education for talking to your kids about sex.
This piece from the Mayo Clinic and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy provide tips on how to break the ice when talking to your children about sex and how to address tough subjects. There is also a good video, titled Too Young, on The National Campaign's website that tells the story of several teen mothers.
Here is a very detailed guide from the National Health Information Center that covers several different aspects of the sex talk, such as when to start and what topics to cover.
KAPPI regularly updates its blog, giving pointers to parents on how to talk to their children about sex.
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