You may feel uncomfortable or nervous talking about these intimate issues. But isn’t it better to talk about birth control before a pregnancy occurs?
Think about your feelings and what your son or daughter will feel talking with you about birth control and sex. You each may feel embarrassed discussing the topic. Your child may not want to discuss the topic with you or becomes defensive if he or she feels that talking implies an interest in or having sex.
- Talk with your teen about day to day things so talking about serious subjects becomes more comfortable.
- If you’re uncomfortable, say it! Let him or her know that isn’t a good enough reason to avoid talking about something important.
- Be open and honest about your values, feelings and ideas.
- Ask your son or daughter about their thoughts and feelings. Listen and try to understand. Show you care about the ideas and what he or she has to say.