One often hears the horror stories about parents trying to give “the talk” to their children, complete with mumbling, inaccurate terminology and a look of relief when their child has no questions for them and both parties can flee from the room.
In the United States, 13 percent of teens have had sexual intercourse before the age of 15. Seventy percent have had sexual intercourse by age 19. We live in a country founded by people who thought sex was rather evil, and we as a nation are obsessed with sexuality and sex in our media. It is an odd paradox to say the least. Our children are bombarded with messages about body image daily. The freedom of the Internet and media in many families has led the average age of children to see their first pornographic act on the Internet at age 11.
These are serious facts, and the discussions about healthy sexuality and healthy relationships to counteract the messages our children receive every day can only begin with YOU by layering in talks about these subjects from an early age in a healthy, developmentally appropriate way.
First of all, like all things in parenting. these discussion have to start with YOU. How do you feel about Continue reading