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.
Adolescent Sexuality: Talk the Talk Before They Walk the Walk
Advice for Teens Thinking About Having Sex
Everyone goes through the process of understanding and becoming comfortable with their sexuality. Talk with your teen often about things they care about, so they feel comfortable discussing personal issues with you:. Here are some ways to help them feel more comfortable in coming out to you:. Your teen may look to you for clues as to how you feel about their sexuality.
For many high school students across the nation, it is finally time for prom! A time to get a pretty dress, buy corsages, rent limos, and try to convince mom and dad to let you stay out all night long. This is also a time that many teens may be considering having sex for the first time.
You can help your child by modelling and reinforcing values and beliefs about safety, responsibility, honest communication and respect in relationships by treating your partner with respect and talking about how to stay safe. Most teenagers will experiment with sexual behaviour at some stage — this is a normal, natural and powerful urge in these years. But not all teenage relationships include sex.