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Parents and Kids - 07/11/2008

Tell Your Children About Condoms

As most parents will tell you, having talks with your children about sex and wearing condoms and dispelling the myths about wearing condoms is difficult to say the least. It is estimated that nearly 3 million people are infected with a sexually transmitted disease each year. Although an alarming statistic, what is really amazing is that each of these cases could have been prevented by wearing a condom.

Since our children are the future, the single most important thing we can do for them is have that embarrassing talk with our kids about safe sex and the use of a prophylactic. Our children should be wearing condoms. It might be awkward at first to ask your child if they are using protection during sex. Some researchers say it's best to have the male parent talk with the son and vice versa. Sometimes a child will feel more comfortable speaking with the parent of the same sex.

The key to having a successful conversation about condoms and their use is to listen carefully to what your child has to say. Open communication is critical to a health discussion. Even if you do not know the answer to their questions, they at least know you listened to the.

It Takes A Village Are you a single parent with a child of the opposite sex? This can be the most awkward of conversations since you are both on opposite sides of the fence. Sometimes this can be a huge stumbling block for parents who embarrass easily. Perhaps you could take your children to the family doctor and have him bridge the condom gap. Other single parents choose to have an aunt or uncle or an older relative relay the information to the child.

If this sounds good, just make sure that your child already has an open line of communication with this individual. If the child feels uncomfortable during this talk it is almost pointless to continue as they are not inclined to listen. We all know what it's like to sit in front of someone who's talking and were not listening.

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late Most everyone agrees that sooner is better than later when it comes to sex talks and condoms with our children. Studies show that most kids are sexually active before their eighteenth birthday. Some studies say it's even earlier than that, so putting off the talk until their old enough is the wrong way to go. Start your dialogue early, before they even start. A child who has open talks about sex with his or her parents is far less likely to participate in risky sexual behavior.

Additionally, starting your talks early can also prevent many other disastrous events from occurring like teenage pregnancy, and abortion. Children are sometimes oblivious to the fact that they capable of creating a life at such an early age. Most are unwilling or incapable of raising a child at such an early age so abortion seems to be the easiest solution, when in fact the easiest solution was to simply "wear a condom".

Having talks with your children about condoms and their use is more important than you think. Simply telling them to wear a condom is not enough. They need to be educated about sex, safe sex, and the use of condoms.

 

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