Let’s Talk About Teen Sex

With teen pregnancy making headlines, it's a good time for parents to get their heads out of the sand and get real with their kids about sex.

By Laura Beil from Reader's Digest | March 2008

Follow these tips when discussing sex with your kids, and you’ll help them make wise choices.

1. Don’t panic. If events in the media or real life push the topic up front, don’t overreact.

2. Don’t lecture.
Rather, ask questions to gauge attitudes.

3. Ditch the Talk. One quick, awkward chat won’t do. Start a conversation instead.

4. Communicate your values. Kids need to know parents’ beliefs.

5. Pay attention to the media children consume. Your influence matters, but know what you’re up against.

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