Teenage Relationships

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PARENTS, if you haven’t already broached the subject of sex by the time children start showing a romantic interest in the opposite sex, don’t delay! Here are some ways to make the experience educational and informative for your children:

Create a comfortable atmosphere and invite children to ask questions.

Decide, with your spouse, what you will chat about. Let your child’s age and level of maturity be an indicator of the type of information she can absorb and understand.

Talk about the responsibilities and consequences that come from being sexually active. Pregnancy, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and feelings about sex are important issues to be discussed.

Use words that are understandable and comfortable.

Incorporate elements of the “talk” into daily life. Issues might come up when you’re watching TV and you can start a conversation. Those two seem to fall in love quickly. What do you think is going on? Or why do you think she doesn’t want to move in with him?

Don’t just stick to the physical issues surrounding sex and puberty. It’s important to be open about the emotional and social issues, too. Acknowledge the difficult feelings and decisions that come with relationships and talk about some of the specifics your kids might come across. Talk about what makes a good relationship or friendship.

Talk about your own experiences. If you were shy about kissing or had an unrequited crush on a boy at school, tell your kids. Older children love to hear stories about your growing pains and it gives them the space to talk, too.

“Families that have a process to share decisions and to resolve conflict have more cooperative kids and fewer open sibling disputes”

DAVID ERYATU, CAREERS TEACHER

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