Why Should We Talk To Our Kids About Sex?

Because… ~600,000 U.S. teens become pregnant each year …3 million U.S. teens are infected with STDs/STIs each year ..63% of all STDs occur in persons less than 25 years of age …one in 4 sexually active teens will contract an STD before finishing high school …AIDS cases among teens double every 14 months …comprehensive sex education promotes birth control and has failed our teenagers …sexually inactive (abstinent) youths have the lowest rates of mental health problems Talk To Your Tweens and Teens — They're Waiting To Hear From You… PARENT TO PARENT By Jan Carroll, RN Have you ever talked to your children about sex, I mean really talked? Do you know how to, or know what to say? Ever feel awkward or embarrassed about the subject? Do your children act uncomfortable during your talks or ask questions that make you feel uncomfortable? What is the right age to begin introducing information about human sexuality to your children? These are questions that tend to strike fear in the hearts of many unprepared parents starting with that first typical childhood sexuality question, “Mommy, where do babies come from?” This innocent question has been asked since time began. Few parents 25 years ago felt the need to discuss these private matters with their children, allowing “nature to take its course”. Yet, with the advent of many “family planning” organizations and sex education curriculum in our schools, it is imperative for parents to take an active role in providing sex education in the home which reflects their family values. For too long now, parents have relinquished the responsibility of sex education to...