It's not an uncommon question for parents to discuss. Just last week I saw a parent boast on Facebook that she had managed to maintain her daughter's virginity into adulthood. Teenagers do not wait for their parents' permission, but they would like trust and guidance. Credit: Stocksy. The boast struck me as awkward — and odd. It's not as if teenage sex is a matter of one day deciding to hand over the keys to the chastity belt.
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When we hear it, we know it means explaining the mechanics of sex to young children. Although no one is quite sure where the phrase comes from, we are sure that almost everyone eventually learns about sex. Sexuality includes more than just the act of sex. It includes a developing awareness of your own sexual desires and attractions. It includes developing skills that allow for long-term healthy relationships.
In fact, many young people want more guidance. Instead, the researchers found that teens and young adults are confused and anxious about how to develop healthy romantic relationships. Even worse, they found that sexual harassment and misogyny are pervasive among young people, and sexual assault rates are high. The solution?
This fact sheet offers practical actions for parents to help strengthen their efforts to engage positively with their teens and to have meaningful discussions with them about sex. This information complements other available parent resources by emphasizing the importance of talking with teens about sex and healthy relationships. Parenting a teen is not always easy. Talking with teens about sex-related topics, including healthy relationships and the prevention of HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases STDs , and pregnancy, is a positive parenting practice that has been widely researched. Following are some actions and approaches parents might take to improve communication with their teen about these challenging, hard-to discuss health concerns.