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Thankful for “The Talk”

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In celebration of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the opportunity to have “the talk” with teens and empower them to make wise decisions. I am also thankful that I am equipped to help them reach their full potential, honor God with their temple, and enjoy their youth before the concerns of parenthood. In this spirit of thankfulness, I speak out to teens this month.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the opportunity to have “the talk” with teens and empower them to make wise decisions. I am also thankful that I am equipped to help them reach their full potential, honor God with their temple, and enjoy their youth before the concerns of parenthood. In this spirit of thankfulness, I speak out to teens this month.

Teens, among the many things that you would be thankful for as you mature and grow older having “the talk” with your parents will be one of them. It is a good idea to have this conversation prior to your first sexual experience. However, if you are sexually active you should have this conversation immediately to make sure that you are aware of all of your options. Communicating with your parent your concerns about sex should open the door to being educated on abstinence. And if you choose to be sexually active you will be empowered to make healthy decisions regarding safe sex. Parents are a more reliable resource than peers or the oversaturated, sexual enticing media. Although should have your first talk with your parents it should not be a one-time occurrence, but rather an avenue to discuss sex and relationship concerns as they arise in the future.

Although it may feel awkward and you may be hesitant, it is perfectly acceptable to initiate “the talk” with your parents. You are not alone many teenagers have questions about sexual relationships and also experience pressure to engage in casual sexual encounters.  It is important that you share in the responsibility of your sexual education. In fact, research shows that teens would prefer to have “the talk” with their parents rather than their peers.

I do not condone pre-marital sex, but if you choose to be sexually active you must protect yourself. In reality, if you think you are ready to have sex then you should be ready to discuss options to keep you safe. Whatever your choice keep these thoughts in your mind:

  1. It is okay to be abstinent. Everyone is not having sex and you are not being left out. Many teenagers make decisions about their current sexual behavior without considering its potential effects on their relationship with God, personal health, families and future marriages. The decisions you make today will impact the rest of your life.
  2. Sex is more than just a physical act it also has emotional ties. Once you engage in sexual activity you have given someone the most prized part of you. You should consider if your partner is worthy of your jewels because once you choose to have sex you cannot get it back. Pre-marital sex will cloud your judgment and give you a false hope of a lasting relationship.
  3. If you are mature enough to agree to sex then you should be mature enough to talk to your parents about engaging in sex. If you and your parents do not have open communication, seek out a trusted adult who you can share your feelings with.
  4. If you choose to engage in sexual activity, be safe. Talk to an adult about condoms and contraceptives. Sexually transmitted diseases are real. Protect yourself so that after the moment is gone you are not stuck with health issues that could remain for the rest of your life.
  5. Remember that you can get pregnant or cause a pregnancy the first time you have sex. Protect yourself. A baby will exist long after the moment has passed and being a teen parent will change your life forever.

Teens whether you initiate “the talk” or your parents start the conversation the results will benefit you. I encourage you to have a talk with your parents or an adult who you trust. Share your concerns and ask questions. Listen to their responses and make a healthy decision regarding your sexual relationship. In the end, you will be thankful that you had “the talk.”

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