Talking to teens about sex tends to be the most awkward parenting challenge— for both parents and kids. That’s why both tend to avoid it. In this section we explore why it’s important to talk to teenagers directly about sexual activity and romantic relationships, including porn and sexting. It’s your chance for teaching value and helping your kids make good decisions, ideally before they make them without your guidance.
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- My 11-year-old son is constantly plagued by sexual thoughts he can’t control. How do we help this boy?
- My 11-year-old son has started having crushes on teachers and moms of friends. He has an obsessive personality and finds this all very embarrassing. What can I do?
- I saw by accident that my 15-year-old daughter has been talking about sex with a guy on Facebook. What should I do?
- I found porn on my 11-year-old’s phone. Should I talk to him?