28. Let’s talk about sex, baby
Young people who are able to talk with their parents about sex tend to delay having sex and are more likely to use contraception when they do.
So, despite the fact that you may not want to think about your teen as a sexual being – and she finds the idea of you having sex repugnant – what are you waiting for? Get talking!
Ideally, you should begin talking to your child about sex – in terms of ‘where babies come from’ – when she is quite young. Introducing the subject well before your child reaches puberty means many of the ‘mechanics’ are out of the way before the difficult part – the emotions that sex can create – kicks in with puberty. Remember, sexual education is not just keeping your child safe, although ...