- Encourage communication by reassuring children that they can talk to you about anything.
- Listen more than you talk and think about what you’re being asked.
- Don’t jump to conclusions. Just because a teen asks about sex does not mean they are having or thinking about having sex.
- Give factual, honest, short and simple answers.
- Respect your child’s views.
- Reassure your children that they are normal – as are their questions and thoughts.
- Teach your children ways to make good decisions about sex and coach them on how to get out of risky situations.
- Admit when you don’t know the answer to a question. Suggest the two of you find the answer together on the Internet or in the library.
Source: Advocates for Youth, www.advocatesforyouth.org
** This information has been shared with you by Barb Flis, mother of two and creator of Parent Action for Healthy Kids.