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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 88

Adopt a healthy attitude to sex

No, not your own sex life. I hope that’s already healthy. I mean sex in general and, in particular, your teenager’s sex life. They may not have one yet (are you sure?) but they will do sooner or later. And you want to make sure that when they do, it’s happy and safe and fulfilling, not furtive and dirty and messy (oh alright, it’s always messy).

What is the single factor most likely to give your teenager a good experience? And, indeed, the confidence to delay that first experience until they’re ready? That’s right: being comfortable with the subject. The more your child knows about sex and finds it easy to talk about, the more able they will be to say no, or to insist on a condom, or to respect their ...

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