Posted by William on October 22, 2012
The AAP recommends discussing the following with your teen-age children:
Questions related to dating, such as, “When should I start dating?” “How will I know when I’m ready to have sex?” “Won’t having sex help me keep my boyfriend (or girlfriend)?”
The option of waiting to have sex. Help your teenager understand that many teens decide to wait.
Acquaintance, or “date” rape. Date rape happens when someone your teenager knows forces him or her to have sex. Impress upon your child that “no always means no.” Let your child know that avoiding alcohol and drugs may make date rape less likely to happen.
Heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality. Many young people wonder at some point whether they’re gay. Help your child understand that it’s normal to have “crushes” on members of the same sex, and that doesn’t mean he or she is gay or bisexual. Stress that if your teen is gay or bisexual, you won’t reject him or her.
If you are uncomfortable talking about sex with your teenager — and many parents are — say so. Tell your child that talking about sex may not be easy for you, but you think it’s important for him or her to get information about sexual matters from you.
It’s helpful for both parents or a close friend to be involved in discussing ways to talk about sex with children. You can compare notes about your child’s readiness and knowledge. You can even rehearse discussion of difficult topics — this might make you more comfortable when you discuss these issues with your child.
Your teen may be embarrassed and silent when you raise the topic of sex. Say what you have to say anyway — your teen will hear it, and it will likely help them.
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