Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If You Don't Talk to Your Teen about Sex, Someone Else Will

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If You Don't Talk to Your Teen about Sex, Someone Else Will

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Dear Doctor K: I'm the parent of a teenage girl. I know it's time to talk to her about sex, and I'd appreciate any advice.

Dear Reader: Many parents feel anxious or uncomfortable talking with their children about sex. But remember that if you don't, somebody else will.

Teens get lots of information (and misinformation) about sex from their friends, the internet, television, magazines, books and movies. It's up to you to make your child understand what it really means to have sex, both physically and emotionally.

Don't worry that you will be "putting ideas" into your teen's head. Many parents I've talked to are concerned that having the conversation will encourage their kids to try it. In fact, teens who talk openly with their parents usually wait longer to have sex -- and they are more likely to use birth control when they do. …

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