Have you had “the talk” with your kids yet? It’s something a lot of parents dread, but I always thought I’d handle it like a pro. Then, one evening, I left my 8-year-old to watch TV while I talked on the phone with a family member who was going through a crisis. She tuned in to “That 70s Show,” and pretty soon she yelled up to me, “Mom! What’s intercourse?”
I figured if she was going to watch programs she knows she’s not allowed to watch, then she was going to learn about stuff she might not have bargained for. So I told her about intercourse. I tried to be sensitive and thorough, but I’d be lying if I said it was a comfortable experience for either of us.
Since then, I’ve been looking for tips on how to talk with kids about sex so I can do a better job next time. That’s why I was interested when LifeStyles Condoms got in touch about celebrating World Population Day. It was July 11, but this year’s theme, raising awareness of adolescent pregnancy, is timeless. In honor of that theme, LifeStyles provided these tips for talking with your adolescent about sex. I found them helpful, and I hope you will, too!