The conversations that parents have with their children about sex and sexual health make a difference in adolescents sexual behaviors. While peers and the media play a role in shaping teens beliefs about body image, physical intimacy, and other issues related to sex, numerous studies show that kids want to hear from their parents about sex and that parents are influential in their teenagers decisions.
Studies show that teens who report having good conversations with their parents about sex are more likely to delay sex, have fewer partners, and use condoms and other birth control methods when they do have sex.
Talking with kids, answering their questions about sex, and helping them make smart decisions about their relationships and behavior doesn't have to be uncomfortable or awkward. It helps if parents begin talking when their children are young, when their curiosity about their bodies and about differences between boys and girls creates natural opportunities for starting a dialogue and building a respectful, trusting relationship.
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