How Parents Need to Talk with their Kids About Sex (Mix)
Talking to your kids about safe sex can make everyone feel embarrassed but it is worth the effort and bother. Parents really can influence their kid’s sexual behavior for the better and protect them against unwanted pregnancies. If you are going to feel awkward and uncomfortable why not let it be among each other: Parents who discuss topics about reproductive health such as the use of condoms, birth control methods and the risks for sexually transmitted diseases influence their children to be more cautious than children who were not educated by their parents.
Any difference can contribute especially in a country where teenagers are likely to be sexually active. The message is that parents do matter and the messages they give their children matters. Parents are the very first influences in their young lives and they know their parents the best so why wouldn’t the kids trust the advice a parent gives them? Parents do not need to have a lot of technical or sophisticated information or knowledge about sex, but just having that discussion with them is important and shows that you care about every aspect of their young lives, the emotional as well as the physical health of them.
Girls can be more influenced by their parent more than boys in topics such as the use of condoms and contraceptives and other sexual health matters. Unfortunately the world still feels that any discussion about reproduction is the woman’s job. She is the one who must carry a child and go through all the physical and mood changes during the process. To many men, sex is still just a night of sexual pleasure and it is up to the woman’s job to take precautions against a possible unwanted birth of a child. That is sad since it is a man’s joint responsibility for his sexual actions and the children he produces. Men need to care more!
Parents want to protect their children so they would be more than likely to give emphasis on the negative consequences of sexual behavior. One of these consequences is the unwanted pregnancy. Meanwhile, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that roughly 47 per cent of high school students have had sexual intercourse. Of these, 60 per cent said they used protection the last time they did it, while 14 per cent said they did not use any protection. Even just fourteen per cent is a problem for unwanted disease and pregnancy.
Prevention of teenage pregnancies can be a winning battle and it can begin at home. Prevention programs often discuss specific protective factors based on skills, beliefs. Knowledge and attitudes concerning teen pregnancies. Topics that parents should be discussing with their children are HIV risk, personal principals regarding sexual activity and abstinence, perception of peer norms and behavior, the choice to have sex at all, the choice to refuse sex, the intent to use birth control among many other choices.