Parents of teenagers may ask themselves, “How do I talk to my teen son about sex?” The answer is that there is no one way to do it.
The best way to start a conversation about sex with your son is by practicing what you preach. If you are comfortable talking about sex with your kids and speaking openly, they will be more willing to open up on the subject.
It’s important for parents to start these conversations early in their child’s life, and continue them as they get older. This can help them understand the importance of consent and how they should treat women, which will help them avoid being part of the #metoo movement. With the overturn of Roe v. Wade, there are other considerations to consider as state laws are changed.
“The Talk”: What to Say and Do
So just how do you talk to your teen son about sex?
It is important to talk to your teenage boy about sex before they learn it from friends, the internet, or TV.
Talking with your son about sex can be a difficult topic. But it is important that you talk with them about their sexuality and what they are learning from other sources. Here are some tips on what to say and do:
- It’s important to make sure you’re both comfortable. Choose a time when you’re both relaxed and there are no distractions.
- Be open and honest with your son. Share your own thoughts and experiences about sex in a way that is appropriate for your son’s age. It’s important that he knows that you’re there for him and comfortable talking about sex.
- Be open-minded. It’s important to listen to what your son has to say and respect his opinions, even if they differ from your own.
- Encourage your son to ask questions. This will help him feel more comfortable talking about sex, and will allow you to address any concerns he may have.
- Be sure to answer any questions he has honestly. It’s important that he gets accurate information from you, so that he can make informed decisions about his sexual activity.
- Respect his privacy. As your son gets older, he may not want to talk about sex with you as much as he did when he was younger.
The Importance of Ongoing Communication
As a parent, it is important to keep the lines of communication open with your teen son. This can be a difficult task, as teenagers are notoriously moody and withdrawn. However, by regularly talking to your son, you can foster a closer relationship and gain insight into his thoughts and feelings.
Ongoing communication is essential to parenting a teenager. It allows you to stay connected with your son during this tumultuous time in his life. In addition, communicating openly can help prevent problems from developing, or escalating if they occur.
There are many ways to keep the lines of communication open with your teen son. Make sure to set aside time each day to talk, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Encourage him to share his thoughts and feelings freely, without judgment from you.
Additional Resources to Talk to Your Teenage Son About Sex
It can be difficult to talk to your son about sex, but it’s important to have these conversations early and often. Here are some resources that can help you approach the topic in a way that is comfortable for both of you.
One of my favorite resources for communication tips with our teenagers is the Center for Parent and Teen Communication.
The website Talking to Kids About Sex (http://www.talkingtokidsaboutsex.com/) offers helpful tips for starting the conversation, as well as information on what to say at different ages and stages.
Another great resource is the book It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris. This book covers a wide range of topics related to sexuality in an age-appropriate way.
A Lifetime of Learning
It’s never too late to talk to your kids about sex. Whether they’re teenagers or young adults, children of all ages need accurate information about sex and sexuality.
As a parent, you are the biggest influence in your child’s life when it comes to sex and sexuality. It’s important to have these conversations early and often, so that your child feels comfortable coming to you with any questions or concerns they may have.
Remember, the conversation doesn’t have to be awkward or uncomfortable. Just be open, honest, and supportive, and you’ll be setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy sexual relationships.