Sex and Your Teenager: A Parent's Guide

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First relationships

In this chapter, I will explore the issues associated with early sexual relationships. Clearly, the first time an individual experiences sex represents a major landmark. It is something we remember vividly, and for most it symbolises an important step towards adulthood. The idea of 'losing one's virginity' can be a scary event, an obstacle to be overcome, a challenge, a longed-for moment. Boys and girls may feel differently about it, but one thing is certain; for most in our society, it is the closest we come to a 'rite of passage', a ritual that marks the fact that we have, at last, reached maturity. Early sexual experience is also likely to involve a range of new feelings. Understanding and support from parents at this time can be crucial.

In this chapter, I will cover:

Love and romance Readiness for sex

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • About the Author ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1: Puberty 3
  • 2: Learning About Sex 19
  • 3: Sexual Development in Early Adolescence 41
  • 4: First Relationships 59
  • 5: The Impact of Teenage Sexuality on the Family 79
  • 6: Risky Behaviour 101
  • 7: Sexual Orientation 123
  • 8: Sex and the Law 133
  • 9: The Parent's Role 141
  • Index 153
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