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Sex Education: Talking to Your Teen About Sex

by Adanlawo Opeyemi
4 minutes read

Many schools provide sex education, yet they can only rely on classroom instruction as the sole method. Home training must also take place.

As part of their health class curriculum, your teen may receive some basic instruction on sex education; however, your role as a parent lies in providing more in-depth sex education for them.

Sexuality is an all-pervasive subject in news, culture, and advertisements, thus making it hard to avoid. Unfortunately, when parents need to communicate with teens about sexual matters, it can sometimes be challenging, and waiting for an ideal moment may mean missing opportunities altogether.

Consider sex education an ongoing discussion; here are some ideas to get the conversation rolling and keep it moving forward. Regardless of its awkwardness, parent responsibility lies in providing their children with appropriate sex education. By augmenting what your teenager learns in school, you can help set them up for a lifetime of healthy sexuality.

Sexuality is a recurring topic in news, culture, and advertising – not to mention advertisements! – its presence can often be difficult to avoid, yet when parents and teens need to converse, it may not always be so simple; waiting for a convenient time could mean missing key opportunities!

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Think of sexual education as an ongoing conversation. Here are some ideas for getting the conversation underway and continuing it over time.

Guidelines for Effective and Open Parent-Teen Conversations About Sexuality Through Sex Education

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  • Take time to appreciate every moment: Use TV shows or music videos that raise questions about sexually responsible behaviors as an opportunity for dialogue; everyday experiences — like riding in a car or unpacking groceries — often offer the best chances for dialogue.
    Be upfront:  If you feel uneasy during the conversation, express that feeling while stressing its importance. If there are questions to which you don’t know the answers, try giving or looking up solutions together.
  • State your thoughts clearly on issues like oral sex and intercourse:  Outline all potential risks involved – emotional pain, sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancy among them. Emphasise that oral sex should not be seen as a risk-free alternative.

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  • Listen and respect the teen’s viewpoint: Rather than offering advice or employing strategies of intimidation to stop sexual activity, listen carefully and try to understand all of their stresses, obstacles, and worries as an ally for your teen.
  •  Explore Truth Beyond: Your teen should receive accurate information regarding sex; however, discussing feelings, attitudes, and values is equally as essential. Additionally, considering your personal and religious beliefs and questions of ethics and responsibility are all part of an in-depth conversation about sexuality for their development.
  • Foster further dialogue: Reassure your teen that it is okay to approach you whenever they have questions or worries regarding sexuality; reward questions by telling them, “I am delighted you have come to me and would love to answer any.”
    Adolescent Sexual Education encompasses abortion, date rape, adultery, and other taboo subjects – be prepared for such questions as they arise!
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When is my Teen Ready for Sexual Experiences? Various factors — peer pressure, curiosity, and depression, to name just three — influence teens towards early sexual encounters. But there’s no need to rush them; waiting is okay because gender is a grown-up behavior, and there are plenty of other ways of showing affection, such as intimate conversations, long walks, holding hands, listening to music, dancing, kissing, touching, and hugging!

Parents need to be aware that teens may be unaware of the extent to which dating violence exists, so you must provide their teens with facts. Parents should also be made aware of any warning signs their teens might be victims of dating violence, such as alcohol or drug use, social event avoidance, and excusing partner behavior or fearfulness about dating partners. Loss of interest in school or activities once enjoyed * Suspicious bruises, scratches, or injuries Teens involved in abusive relationships

Teenagers involved in abusive relationships are at an increased risk for long-term effects, including poor academic performance, binge drinking, and attempted suicide. There may also be lasting emotional repercussions from unhealthy relationships that increase the chances of unhappy or violent future relationships – these lessons today about honesty and healthy relationships will carry over into future relationships – it’s, therefore, vital that you discuss what makes a healthy relationship with your teenager! Now more than ever, we must talk with our teens about what constitutes a healthy one!

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