When you think of talking with your teenagers about tough subjects, you will be confused and hope others to do it for you. However, allowing teenagers to learn hot topics such as sex, drugs and relationship is easy to make a mistake. Instead, talking about them with a frank attitude and an open conversation. That way helps your children not need to learn them from any other sources.
Teenagers have many physical and mental changes.
Sex and their bodies
Your children go through many changes, and some of them feel embarrassed of their bodies. You are the parents, so you should answer their questions about the puberty, body and sex. Helping them to know they are normal and healthy is the good first step, but you should also prepare for an honest conversation about sex, even these questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. When your children are ready, you can also discuss contraceptive methods.
Your teens are probably exploring various social relationships, from casual acquaintances to a serious girlfriend. Talk to them about wholesome relationships and the signs of unwholesome ones. Experts suggest talking to your teen about things like when to start dating, casual dating and serious dating, and some of the downsides of having a serious relationship, like sexual pressure or infatuation. At last, your teens can identify which is good or bad.
Your teens are probably exploring various social relationships.
It’s inevitable: your teens will use the Internet. Internet has a vast variety of knowledge but it can be dangerous. Talk with them how to use internet safely and protect themselves when are online. You can also mention available adult sources like pornography, as well as online bullying, online predators and how to use social media responsibly. This is also a good time to set boundaries for Internet usage and punishment for abusing that privilege.
More than 28% of 12-grade students reported drinking alcohol in the last month, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Significantly, 6.5% reported smoking marijuana every day. Your teen will definitely come in contact with them, so you should tell your children the dangerous consequences and family standard of using those things.
6.5% of 12 grader reported smoking marijuana every day.
Most teenagers want to know what they can expect from the future. Whether it is involved in studying at university, working, getting married or anything else, tell them what you hope, and more importantly, how to achieve their goals for what they want out of life. Creating a path and showing confidence in their dreams help give them a support system to fulfill their potential.