How do I talk to my kids about sex?
The last thing you want to admit is that in all likelihood, at some point, your child will become sexually active. Talking about sex and learning accurate information about one's own body is about more than just avoiding unintended pregnancies. It is about creating a safe space for your child to come to you with inevitable, difficult questions. It is about building trust and opening up an ongoing dialogue. It is the difference between your child coming to you when they experience something confusing or upsetting instead of relying on the misinformation of peers. It is about empowering your mini adult to feel comfortable in their own skin, and navigate healthy relationships.
"But they will wait to have sex until marriage or at least until they are in love, right?"
Perhaps, but the average age young people in the US have sex for the first time is 17. By age 20, over 70% of adolescents have had sex. Moreover, comprehensive education is about both physical and emotional health. One in three adolescents in the U.S. experience physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and only 33% of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
"Wow. But they're learning this stuff in school, right?"
"Okay, but my kids don't even want to talk to me."
Actually, 52% of children ages 12 to 15 said their parents have the most influence when it comes to sex, and 32% of 16-19 year olds agreed.
"I get it. And I'm feeling so illuminated. So, how do I talk to them?"
Well, that's where we come in! To quote High School Musical, we're all in this together. Our courses will help you approach tricky conversations, deliver honest, accurate answers, and build a stronger relationship with your child.
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