Sexuality includes a wide range of topics including male and female bodies and how they work, human development, reproduction, types of relationships, what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy, sexual behavior, and how to prevent pregnancy and STDs.Talking to our teens about sex and sexuality may not always be easy. And teens have very high rates of sexually transmitted infections. We can talk with our kids, build strong relationships with them, and set clear expectations and boundaries for them.We're here to help you get the conversation started. Research shows that teens are more sexually active than parents think. These are proven ways we can help prevent teen pregnancy, reduce our teens' chances of getting STDs, and help ensure that they lead healthy and rewarding lives. Everyday life provides lots of opportunities for talking about sexuality.
These teachable moments occur every day, and can help make the conversation easier and more natural.
Some of us plan “the talk” for months, expecting to say everything important all at once.
Then, when “the talk” doesn’t go as planned, we get frustrated.
But talking with children about sexuality is a lifelong conversation.
Doing a little bit at a time helps set realistic goals when we talk with our children.
It also helps keep children from feeling overwhelmed.It’s best to start talking with children about sexuality early.Parents really make a difference when we talk with our kids.In fact, teens often name their parents as the biggest influence in their decisions about sex.And teens who report having good conversations with their parents about sex are more likely to delay sexual activity, have fewer partners, and use condoms and other contraceptives when they do have sex.We can help our kids deal with topics related to sexuality starting when they are very young and throughout their lives.