Talking With Kids About Sex
A first step to improving the reproductive health of teens and young adults is better communication about sex between parents/guardians and children/teens. Your child needs the Talk, and you must strive to become an Askable Parent.
STARTING EARLY AND HAVING MORE THAN JUST ONE "TALK" IS IMPORTANT, but easier said than done. For those of us who have been there, no matter how comfortable you are talking about sex, your child will, most likely, rather be somewhere else. That is one of the reasons why you need to have the talk many times - eventually you will reach a point when they are interested, and because you have been talking about it along the way, they will be more likely to ask questions.
Many of us are not comfortable talking about sex, or we feel that we do not have enough knowledge. This is one of the reasons comprehensive sex education in our schools is important. It can and should provide our children with a basic knowledge which we as parents/guardians can build on in our conversations with our kids.
OTHER SOURCES OF SEX EDUCATION FOR YOUR CHILD
If you have a pre-teen or teen, you may not have the time to wait for your school district to change its policy on sex education. If you are not ready for the talk yourself, here are a few alternatives. Contact your church - many churches provide sex education, that is more comprehensive than the abstinence-only message. There are also some after-school programs available. Depending on where you live, the same organizations may provide different programs, like the Boys & Girls Club and Girls Inc., so you need to contact them to find out. Another possibility is to find another adult in your family or social network with whom your child has a good relationship to who is prepared to talk. Whatever you do, don’t let your child go untalked to!
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE SHOULD NEVER BE THE REASON THAT PREVENTS YOU FROM TALKING WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT SEX:
You probably know more than you think.
Know the facts about teen sexuality – in Georgia and in the United States in general
You can look at the websites that we recommend for teens; actually, we recommend that you do that so that you know what the kids are learning.
There are many resources for parents on the net with information on how to talk with teens about sex and what to talk about and there are also some great books for you and your child.
If you live in the metro Atlanta area, contact Planned Parenthood. They can provide you and fellow parents with Real Life Real Talk©, a workshop on how to talk about sex with your kids.
Contact GPRHE to schedule a time for us to come and talk to you and your friends, your PTA, or other parent group - Let’s Talk.