The Essentials of Talking to Teens About Sex

Many parents dread having "the talk" — when it's time to sit down with their child and talk about sex. What many don't realize is that the initial "sex talk" is often only the tip of the iceberg. To be a responsible parent to a teenager, be ready to discuss more than just the fundamentals of sexual intercourse. Teenagers have more questions than they might be willing to admit, and knowing how to answer their sexual curiosity in a safe environment will help ensure their health and safety.

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