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Our fast-paced, digital world exposes teens to a lot of relationship pressures. Feelings about love, relationships, and sex can be quite complicated.
Here's how to keep your teen talking with you while you guide them toward good choices.
Your teen may have different ideas than you do about dating, love, gender, and sexuality. Be curious about the differences. Emphasize what's most important. Healthy, loving relationships are based on respecting yourself, respecting the other person, and talking openly.
Just because their friends are dating or are sexually active doesn't mean your teen has to be too. There are many ways to be a teen. And there are many ways to explore feelings or attractions, such as kissing and touching.
It's important for teens to be able to discuss what they're comfortable with and feel confident about their choices, without pressure from friends and partners. Ask them if friends have dealt with issues related to consent. Do they feel confident saying yes to things that are okay and saying no to things that aren't okay? Do they feel free to change their mind at any time? Do they know how to make sure that a partner has given consent? Do they know how to ask for consent and respect the answer?
Ask your teen's doctor to recommend a program that's in line with your family's goals and values. Sex ed is a safe place for teens to figure out their feelings and set ground rules about healthy relationships. Many classes cover life skills beyond sex or STIs. Your teen can learn to set limits, have a healthy body image, and practice open communication.
Dig deeper into stereotypes and fantasy worlds by sharing and asking questions.
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Adaptation Date: 3/2/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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