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Talking to Kids About Sex? Knowledge is Power
By: The National Campaign, Special to BlackAmericaWeb.com

Parents should be the first, best teachers on the topics of sex, love and relationships.

In fact, a National Campaign study shows that the majority of teens – 51 percent of boys and 53 percent of girls – believe that parents should start talking with their children about sex, love and relationships when their kids are 13 or 14. And most teens say it would be easier for them to delay sex and avoid pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents.

It’s a big responsibility, but it’s also of major importance.

Raising your children to be smart about these issues is as important as making sure they know how to drive a car properly. In fact, think about talking to your kids about sex the same way you might talk to them about being safe on the road. You don’t wait until their 16th birthday to let them know that red means stop or green means go; instead you start when they’re young with the information they need at the time – like looking both ways to avoid getting hit, or holding an adult’s hand when crossing a street.

Like driving, sex is something common, complex and potentially dangerous. Driving or having sex in an unsafe manner can have life-changing consequences. That’s why when you see someone run a red light, you might point it out to your young teen and remind them that in your family you obey the traffic laws. Similarly, when you see something on TV or in a movie or in your neighborhood that doesn’t adhere to your views and values – say, a girl wearing clothing that you find to be too provocative for her age – make sure your kids know, “In our family, we don’t dress like that.”

Young people are listening to their parents all the time, even when they don’t act like it.  Make sure your teenagers are hearing from you about love and sex and the right circumstances under which it is best to start a family. They need to hear from you!

For more information on talking to your teen about sex and pregnancy, visit the National Campaign website at www.thenationalcampaign.org.

Source: http://www.blackamericaweb.com

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