Most information teenagers have on sexuality issues are from their peers, television, magazines, internet etc. These information channels expose them to several risky tendencies.
Teenagers want your help with questions about values, relationship, love, and how sex can fit into an adult life. It is therefore very important for parents to:
1.Tell their children about changes occurring in their bodies and around them, in females enlargement of the breast and hips, menstruation, hairs around vagina etc. while in males, cracking or deeper voices, wet dreams, muscles build – up, hairs around penis, etc. They should know that both males/females develop hairs in their armpits.
2.Teenagers need several life building skills such as; goal setting, decision making, assertiveness, negotiation and refusal e.g. how to say no to sexual advances from anybody without feeling guilty.
3.Encourage them to discuss continuous pressure for sex from opposite sex with you.
4.Communicate your family values with them.
5.Strengthen your children’s skills to deal effectively with peer pressure.
6. Give accurate information about risk of sexual activities.
7.Children need to know about important and caring relationships. Tell them that in a relationship with the opposite sex, they should always use the slogan ‘true love waits’.