How Do I Keep My Child from Becoming Sexually Active?
An open and honest relationship is the best way to keep your teen safe and protected.
As a mom, thinking about your teen being sexually active can be a very scary thing. While your teens probably think sex feels good, is fun, or is a way to make someone love them, you are most likely thinking of all the potential consequences of sexually-active teens.
While there is no proven way to prevent your teens from becoming sexually active (well, besides locking them in their room until they are twenty), you can take certain steps to make sure your children are well-informed and safe.
“Sex” is Not a Dirty Word
Teens are curious about sex—there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. They may have friends that are already sexually active, or they may see sex glorified in movies or on TV. It’s important that they get the correct information about sex—all the good, the bad, and the ugly—from you. You may feel uncomfortable talking about sex with your child; but even if you present an abstinence-only stance, knowledge is power. Make sure your child knows that she can talk to you about sex and can ask you any question that she may have. This can help ensure that she is getting the correct answers from credible sources, while not relying solely on the things teenagers talk about at sleepovers and in locker rooms.