A Whole New World Beckons Teens
A whole new and enchanting world opens up to teens as sexuality and romance loom large during the adolescent years. Biological and social drives catapult teens into new sensations and experiences and they can spend a lot of time learning how to deal with the resulting emotions.
Becoming comfortable with their ‘new’ and changing adult bodies, learning to relate to the opposite sex, and forming romantic relationships are just some of the developmental tasks that teens need to accomplish before they leave adolescence and move into young adulthood.
It is critical that parents play a role in helping their teens be successful in these areas.
The Parent’s Role
Talking May Feel Awkward
However, for many parents, sexuality is one of the most uncomfortable subjects they face during child-rearing. Despite this hesitancy, parents need to rise to the occasion, because their teens desperately need information and guidance. Otherwise, peers may be filling in the knowledge gaps with incorrect information and questionable guidance that can lead to very risky behavior.
lets talkIt is all right to dread discussions about sexuality, but parents must be willing to communicate to their children. If you don’t, your teens may not feel comfortable asking you their questions and you may be putting their health and safety at serious risk and allowing a ‘values void’ to develop.