Some parents fear that teaching kids about sex will encourage early sexual activity.
But the opposite is true, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children who are best informed about sexuality are the most likely to postpone intercourse.
So talk early and often, the AAP says.
Talking about sex is not easy for parents or children. But it’s an important part of helping your children deal with the challenges of puberty.
During puberty, kids go through “rapid changes in what they look like, what their hormones are doing, how they think and how they feel,” said Dr. Jessica Castonguay, a physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital.
It’s no wonder they’re filled with angst. Yet often they are reluctant to talk to parents about it.
You can help by initiating conversations and establishing open lines of communications, said Dr. Castonguay, who addressed the topic in a recent video.
Some things that happen during puberty may not seem significant to adults, but can be significant to kids. For instance, some kids stick out because they develop early or they are late bloomers.
“In either direction, that can put a lot of stress and anxiety on a youth,” Dr. Castonguay said.
“Explore that fear with the child. Is it because you’re shorter than everyone you’re worried you’ll never grow taller? Let’s talk about that,” she said.