The Sex Talk
(KTVI) – Have you talked to your kids about sex yet? By the time they’re 19, seven out of 10 have had sex. 2,000 teens get pregnant in the U.S. every day and teens have very high rates of sexually transmitted infections.
Dr. Kelly Ross is a pediatrician with St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She has some advice to help you with “the talk”.
1. Purchase or check out a book with pictures
2. Start talking to children about sexuality in early childhood; its never too late
3. There really shouldn’t be one big talk but if you haven’t started the conversation, start with a big talk and keep the conversation going.
4. Talking with children about sex and sexuality is uncomfortable at first, but it gets easier with time and practice. Talk talk and talk more!
5. Think through your values and what that means in regard to sexual activity. Be clear, honest and firm about your expectations.
6. Teens often name their parents as the biggest influence in their decisions about sex.