Talking About Birth Control
Many parents feel that talking
with their teens about birth control
will either give the teens ideas, or communicate that they feel
it is alright for their teen to have sex. However, parents need
to realize that teens have ideas about sex even when they have
not spoken to their parents about them yet and some teens
may be having sex or be thinking about having it regardless
of birth control. As a parent, you can give birth control information
without giving your teen the message that now is the right time
to make practical use of this knowledge.
Why even discuss birth control with your teen?
It's vital to do so because your
teen may choose to have sex despite your values and your wishes.
If he or she makes that choice, the teen should know how to prevent
an unplanned pregnancy which could turn an unwise choice into
a life of hardship, even tragedy.
Discuss the various methods of
birth control using a book or pamphlet to help the discussion
along, if needed. You can always add, "I want you to know
this, but I feel that you're too young to have sex right now."
Or, "I would prefer that you wait until you're older, or
married, to have sex." By discussing the facts and your values
you can help your teen to make wise choices.
Disciplining Your Teen
Rules & Limits
Sex & Relationships
Sex & Knowledge
Talking About HIV &
Talking About Self-Image
Talking About Puberty
Drugs & Pre-teens