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i’m ready to have sex but i have no idea how to tell my mom because i’m afraid she would get mad and not trust me to go to my boyfriend’s house. what should i say?

Many parents are able to give teens excellent advice and information about sex and sexual health, and can offer them support for the decisions they make.

Some teens find it intimidating or embarrassing to talk to their parents about sex. When you’re ready to bring it up, you could try using a magazine article or TV show as a jumping-off point to start a conversation about sex. Or you might try to bring up a friend who’s deciding to have sex and see how your mother reacts. It may take more than one conversation about this issue before you feel comfortable disclosing information about your personal feelings and intentions.

If you’re very concerned that your mother would get upset, you might choose to put off this conversation until you feel you’re both more ready. Meanwhile, you could turn to another trusted adult. This could give you the opportunity to rehearse what you want to say to your mother.

Remember that it’s normal to feel nervous — many people feel awkward talking about sex. It’s good to know that a lot of parents say they are relieved that their teens started this conversation. Good luck!

Tags: talking about sex, parents