Some of the most important and influential discussions we can have with our children involve sex and sexuality. It is important, therefore, to be thoughtful and intentional about our approach. You may be fortunate enough for your tween to come directly to you with questions. It might be when you learn that the topic will be taught in health class, and you want your child to know you always remain a trusted resource as well. Once you get started, each further discussion will feel more comfortable.
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This fact sheet offers practical actions for parents to help strengthen their efforts to engage positively with their teens and to have meaningful discussions with them about sex. This information complements other available parent resources by emphasizing the importance of talking with teens about sex and healthy relationships. Parenting a teen is not always easy. Talking with teens about sex-related topics, including healthy relationships and the prevention of HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases STDs , and pregnancy, is a positive parenting practice that has been widely researched.
Sex education is offered in many schools, but don't count on classroom instruction alone. Sex education needs to happen at home, too. Here's help talking to your teen about sex. Sex education basics may be covered in health class, but your teen might not hear — or understand — everything he or she needs to know to make tough choices about sex. That's where you come in.
Emphasizing pregnancy prevention is not enough, and neither is tossing out scary statistics about sexually transmitted diseases. Remind teens that sex is about relationships. When parents talk with their teens about sex, they tend to focus too narrowly on the dangers and downsides of being sexually active, experts say. They usually stress the downsides of sex, she says, and often focus on pregnancy prevention. But such limited exchanges are not enough to help kids cope with the sex lives they may have already begun or will soon be starting, says Dr.