Sexual behavior, sexual attraction, and sexual identity in the United States: Data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth: National Center for Health Statistics.
Peer pressure — and the media pressure that often stimulates it — can be addressed by empowering your children with your belief in their ability to withstand such pressure, a sense of values that are more important than immediate gratification, and their absolute freedom to bring any concerns to you.
It is wholly natural for adolescents to have questions about sex and sexual identity.
The more frequently and frankly sexual matters are discussed, the easier and even more open such discussions are likely to be as you both grow comfortable with talking about it.
“Let’s face it, we’re all embarrassed to talk about sex with each other,” Dr. “The easiest way to start is to be real with your adolescent: ‘This is really hard for me to talk about, and it was hard for me to talk about with my dad when I was your age.’ But it’s important to talk about, and we have to talk about embarrassing things sometimes.”Keep reminding your child that you are in her corner every step of the way.
But they need to take a step back and leave the judgments aside for this discussion,” says Warren Seigel, M.