Talking about sex with your kids is often fraught with anxiety for parents. If your kids bring it up, it may feel out of the blue! You may feel they are too young for “the talk.” You may feel uncomfortable, in general, talking about sex. You might know they are ready for “the talk,” but you are suddenly at a loss for words. All of those feelings are perfectly normal. There are lots of books and resources available to help you talk to your kids about sex. No matter what your comfort, this is an important topic to talk about...and not just once. In developmentally appropriate ways, it’s an important part of life and met with a matter-of-fact, and maybe humorous attitude, it’s a conversation that you can have several times during your child’s development. Rather than look at “the talk” with dread, by not avoiding the conversation, you can use “the talk” as an opportunity to express your beliefs, hopes and desires for your child. It’s an opportunity to talk about your values, culture and religious perspectives. It’s also an opportunity to discuss safety and establish yourself as one of the trusted people in your child’s life, especially as they move through adolescence, when the pressure on them to conform to their peers activities is the strongest. The counselors at 121help.com can support you and help you brainstorm some great ways to have that conversation!
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Information and resources on how to talk to your children about sex, relationships, pregnancy to help prevent unplanned pregnancy.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Healthychildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics
A website with several resources and information on raising healthy children that includes information about pregnancy, parenting and health.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Online resource providing credible, reliable health information.