Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships
Teen Relationships and Sexual Activity
There are many ways that kids can connect with others without having sex, and pointing this out to your child is a good way to help her decide not to engage in early sexual activity. Pressures, expectations, and perceptions can make teens think that having sex is the best way to show affection, but you can help them understand the truth of the situation by talking with them about this tough issue.
1. John Forliti and others, Values & Choices: Human Sexuality, A Guide for Parents of Young Adolescents, revised edition (Minneapolis: Search Institute, 1991): 35-36.
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