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Parent influence most important factor in teens decisions about sex

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 23, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    So parents, be open about it. Sex isn't dirty, and even if you think it is there's a possibility they're going to do it anyway. Your teens need information about making wise choices for themselves.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 24, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    However, I understand that a bill will be introduced in the Utah House of Representatives next January that will require parents to obtain prior approval of anything they wish to say to their teens. Approval will be granted or denied by the Eagle Forum and Gayle Ruzika.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 24, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    What ya tolerate is what they are entitled to do.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    June 24, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    The discussion can be good for both parent and child and can generate increased trust.

    Be open. Be honest. Know the science. Do not go into detail about your own sex life (they don't want or need to know). Let them ask questions and take the lead once you open the door. Once begun, the discussion may flow over several weeks and months.

    Don't wait until they are older (they will be less open). Use one of your good times together (a walk, a favorite food run, whatever) to initiate the discussion.

    Let them know that far from being "dirty" or "evil" it is a wonderful part of life if kept in the context God intended. That you love them and want the best for them.

    Listen a lot.