Fear Factor or Face the Facts

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Fear Factor or Face the Facts

Will I let fear keep me away from discussing sexual self control with my teen?

Sex is really a complexity of opinions. To think it's only a three letter word, it has caused a lot of controversies and fright among institutions. In some way, this fear can cause motivation or inability to act.

How do you deal with fear in the face of difficult issues?

Sex is rally an issue you must clarify to your relationships and family. Probably you have dealt some other issues like potty training, cleaning the kid's room and dong drugs, haven't you?

Probably you have a few accidents with your potty sessions and you've always remember how you'd messed up. And for sure, you've pretended that that rooms realty neat even though it's not. The drug issue was boldly discussed into you by your parents and in you relationship, wasn't it? Your own experiences as a kid are probably you basis of what you like your child to do or not to do.

These three principles will help you as you open up to your teen about sex.

1. Know that mess always happen and can be fixed.
2. Know that there are always accidents and imperfections but this will not stop you.
3. Know that your ambitions for your child are guided by your values so you must protect you expectations for your child's values to grow.

The experiences of yours gave patience in potty trainings with you child and the wisdom to give advice on abstinence from drugs. Such experiences of messiness, imperfections and the nature of a parent to protect the child from consequences of sex can be your motivation to open up your teen about it.

What's the fear factor?

1. You are not really familiar since you have relationship only with your spouse.
2. You only have intercourse only with your spouse.
3. If you reveal that you've done it before marriage, your teen might use it as a basis to try it too.

Leave a Legacy (Action Step)

1. Have the courage to open up for the sake of learning.
2. Focus as you try to explain your expectations.
3. Be specific when it comes to discussing the safest behavior for you're your teen. Explain the benefits to be away from the complications of sexual experimentation.

LeAnna Benn

My Teen


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Co-founder of Teen-Aid, Inc. and National Director since 1981. Teen-Aid is considered one of the best, most comprehensive abstinence programs in the nation. LeAnna has many years experience as a consultant to parents and educators in implementing abstinence education. She has trained hundreds of public school teachers and counselors on how to use the Teen-Aid program.
LeAnna Benn My Teen

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