It’s common sense that keeping communications going with your teen will result in a more meaningful and powerful relationship, but it can also protect them.
Parents who discuss sexual behavior and contraceptive use with their teen help them to develop judgment about the motivations and intentions of others.
Talking with them about the situations they may encounter in college and in their first years on their own tells them they can trust you intimately.
These talks give them information and the opportunity to clarify their values and determine how they want to conduct themselves.
They won’t learn this information overnight. They’ll need to hear it over and over before they start to take it all in, so, get started. They may be embarrassed, but help them to get past the “weirdness factor” and assure them this is part of your job.
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