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Teen Sexuality (For Parents)

Now is a time of dramatic change in a teen’s life. They are faced with new freedoms, choices and responsibilities. It is a time of phenomenal growth, physically and emotionally, and peers, social pressures and personal beliefs only add to the emotional stress. 

If you or your teen find it difficult to speak openly with one another, remember that your teen’s health provider can be a valuable, and trusted source of information.

Supporting your teen: Advice for parents.

The following tips provide general advice for the overall well being of your growing child/children. While they are not specific to OB/GYN related care; these simple sounding steps can help promote open communication, support and love with your adolescent(s).

  • Be a positive role model. Do not engage in any illegal, unhealthy, or dangerous drug use practices. And remember to practice what you preach.
  • Be tolerant of a child's individuality. Accept a child for his or her talents and personality. Provide love, support and encouragement to the child in your life.
  • Model and encourage good health practices: serve balanced and nutritious meals at regular times and plan fun family activities. Encourage individual expression and creativity.
  • Help your child deal with peer pressure. Practice ways for him or her to refuse drugs in ways that fit your child's personality.
  • Be sure children have easy access to a wide range of appealing, drug-free, alternative activities and safe, monitored areas where they can gather; work with others in your community -- clubs, schools, churches, and neighborhood groups -- to sponsor and promote safe, healthy activities.
  • Be aware of the connection between marijuana and alcohol and other risky behaviors. Car crashes, sexually transmitted infectionsHIV/AIDS, and injuries have all been linked to alcohol and marijuana use.
  • Some may want to discuss pregnancy and birth control options with their adolescents. While this is a very personal topic, information is available on this website, from your physician and from many other sources like local libraries and Planned Parenthood.
  • Help your adolescents learn and understand the health, safety and legal consequences of alcohol.
  • Help your adolescents understand the risks and incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and AIDS.
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