And experience with him or her together, so you can discuss it and use it to build trust between you.”So when is the right time to start talking about sex with your child?
It’s a good idea to start laying the groundwork for these conversations long before the onset of puberty.
If your situation is serious, we recommend calling or chatting first. Loveisrespect Text for Help Services are sponsored by Mary Kay Inc.
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Carefully preparing children for the normal changes in their bodies as well as the endless assault of peer pressure, media glorification of irresponsible sexuality, and advertising come-ons is the only way to create a sense of security for parents and children alike.
The only foolproof approach to sexual safety, of course, is to say “no” and defer sexual activity until later in life.
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You could ask for help for yourself or for a friend in need. For example, we’re often asked: “So, what should I do? Adolescence can be tough enough to get through without questions of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity.But they need to take a step back and leave the judgments aside for this discussion,” says Warren Seigel, M.D., FAAP, Chairman of the Pediatrics Department and Director of Adolescent Medicine at Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, N. “The most appropriate and important thing for a parent and a child or adolescent in dealing with questions about sexuality and sexual health is an open channel of communication.”In today’s hyper-sexualized culture of Internet sites, mass media entertainers, and 24/7 programming, the traditional “birds and bees” lecture (or pamphlet handed to the child to read on her or his own) on reproductive basics is completely inadequate.If they suggest something that you don’t think will work for you, don’t be afraid to let them know.