‘Relationship’ talks important topic for kids
Teens often say that it’s impossible to talk to their parents about love, sex, and relationships.
Parents, you might think they don’t want to hear it, but most teens say they do want to learn about sex, love, and relationships from their parents.
Here are ten tips for starting” the talk”.
1. Start Early. Use this “window of opportunity” and talk with your children early and often about important issues like love, sex and relationships.
2. Start the talk. Don’t count on your child to come to you with questions - begin the conversation yourself.
3. Create an open dialogue. It’s up to you to create the kind of home in which your child can ask questions about love, sex and relationships.
4. Talk about love, sex and relationships. It is normal to feel uneasy talking with your child about about love, sex and relationships. Educate yourself so you can provide accuate information.
5. Share your values. When talking with your child about love, sex and relationships, remember to talk about your family’s values.
6. Listen as much as you talk. Listening carefully lets your child know they are important. This can lead to valuable discussions about a wide variety of sensitive issues.
7. Be honest. Whatever your child’s age, they need honest answers and information. Honesty will build trust for further talks.
8. Be patient. Let your child think at their own pace. Listen daily to what they are saying about people, places and situations they are in that may be unhealthy or give cause for concern.
9. Use “teachable moments”. Moments in everyday life are a perfect chance to begin talking. Use TV shows and commercials as a way to start a talk about teen pregnancy, peer pressure or relationships.
10. Talk about it again...and again...and again. Most children only want small bits of information at any one time - especially about heavy topics like love, sex and relationsips. They will not learn everything from a single discussion - give more than just “the talk”!
(Source: Talking With Your Kids About Tough Issues)
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