Dealing with a sexually active teen

For parents, dealing with teens who are beginning to have sex can be extremely complicated. As a parent, you undoubtedly feel fearful for your child if they are sexually active. There are so many things that you want for your child and being sexually active at a young age can derail virtually everything in their life. However, getting that point across to them without sounding like you are lecturing them or simply trying to control them can be difficult.

 

How do you communicate your realistic fears to your teen without it sounding like you are merely trying to tell them what to do? It requires a lot of effort on your part, not to mention a fair amount of patience. If you can find out the reason that your child has decided to become sexually active, you might be able to provide them with more effective help. Otherwise, your best course of action is to talk to them in a way that doesn’t sound like you’re lecturing, but merely giving them information. In reality, it is important that you start having these types of conversations long before they become sexually active so that they already have the information available to them before they make a mistake.

 

All and all, you should not hesitate to let your children know that becoming sexually active at a young age can prevent them from achieving their own hopes and dreams. Help them understand that they are at risk for a myriad of sexually transmitted diseases or they may find themselves in a situation where they become parents before they are even adults themselves. Ultimately, help them understand the importance of practicing safe sex habits if they insist on being promiscuous. Above all, let them know that they can come to you with any concerns as opposed to making them feel like they have to hide their fears because they think you might judge them harshly.

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