Listen and give your teen a chance to discuss his/her experiences, then give helpful advice.
Parents should definitely get to know their son or daughter’s boyfriend/girlfriend, and the boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents too.
If you do get upset or say something you later regret, you can always go back and say, “Listen, I was feeling startled that I just heard you and your boyfriend/girlfriend are having sex. I just want you to be healthy and safe.” Conversations about sexuality and relationships are an ongoing dialogue.
Once we know our teens are sexually active, parents can make a difference.
” Apart from being age-inappropriate, comments like these give children ideas about dating and sexuality from a very young age.