(For Parents of Teenagers with Typical Development)
Sexuality is a large part of the lives of teenagers – whether they choose to be sexually active or not. Teens may have questions or concerns or they may be experimenting with sexual behaviors at earlier ages than we did, and certainly at earlier ages than our own parents did. You can tell your child to say "no" to sex and you can try to deny to yourself that your child is a sexual being, but no matter what you do, their sexuality will always be there. And that means they need sexuality information and guidance. Even if your child is not sexually active, that doesn’t mean they don’t need your help.
Here are some of the things that teens need to know about. By providing this material yourself, you are guaranteeing that your teen is getting accurate information and the information you want them to hear.
Note: You may notice that the articles in this section are written in a different style than other articles on this website. That's because these articles were originally written for teenagers. Sure, the articles are filled with all sorts of useful information for parents, but we kept the original style just in case you want to share these articles with your teen. We think you should.
Birth Control Methods
If you knew 100 couples who were having unprotected vaginal sex, by the end of one year 85 of those couples would be dealing with a pregnancy. Some of them would already be parents! Read more.
I Think I Might be Pregnant. Now What?
Just because your period is late doesn’t mean you’re pregnant. There are other possible reasons for late periods or no periods at all. Read more.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
There’s a popular saying, “When you jump into bed with someone, you’re jumping into bed with all of their past partners too.” You’re not really having sex with someone else’s past partners, but if one of those past partners had a sexually transmitted infection, your partner may be passing it along to you. Read more.
Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections
Anyone who thinks they may have a sexually transmitted infection should get tested. But they’re not the only ones who should get tested. Read more.
The best way to reduce the risk of getting or spreading a sexually transmitted infection is to never have sex with anyone. Ever. If that’s how you want to spend the rest of your life, then you probably don’t need to read any further.
For the rest of us, keep reading.
There are so many erroneous beliefs about sexual violence that sometimes people experience sexual violence and don't realize it because they accept what is violent as "normal." Read more.
We all want to be in healthy relationships. But sometimes it is hard to know if a relationship is healthy or unhealthy. Healthy relationships help us feel better about ourselves. They make us feel happy and safe. Unhealthy relationships make us feel unhappy, insecure, or even unsafe. Read more.
Ending a Relationship
Sometimes we may feel that there are too many things happening in a relationship that make us uncomfortable or unhappy. Sometimes we may decide that we want to take a break from being in any relationship at all. Or we may be enjoying a relationship, but feel that circumstances make the relationship too difficult – for example, if one person has to move far away from the other. Whatever the reason, breaking up with someone can be a hard thing to do. Read more.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Being drunk or high on drugs can interfere with a healthy sex life – and a healthy relationship. Read more.