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Where are you on the continuum when it comes to teens and sex? Particularly, your child and sex. Do either of the images represent your approach?

Most parents I  have worked with take the middle of the road view as do I. I believe  the earlier a child becomes fully sexually active, the more glass, nails, and other shards are scattered on their  path to a satisfying and safe sex life.  My goal has been to postpone a teen’s entry into full adult sexuality without tarnishing the joy and release intercourse was designed to provide. As we all know chastity belts have been outlawed and as the occasional honor killings demonstrate, this is an area parents can hope to influence but not control.

 You need to tailor your own approach.  The following tips should help.

Tip one:   If you are not comfortable talking about sex, work to get there.  You cannot positively influence your child if you cannot talk with relative comfort about sex.

Talking about sex is often difficult for those who have never found sex joyful. Hopefully, that is not you. If you have strongly negative feelings about sex, work to change them. The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort has been revised and updated from the days I first read it. If you have read it or read it and still do not enjoy sex, you might want to talk to a sex therapist.

Tip two: Know your values and the values you want your child to hold.

Tip three: Surround your family and child with a like minded community with regards to sexual behavior.

Tip four: If you believe abstinence until marriage is the most important value to you, know that early marriage increases the odds in your favor.

Tip five: Tolerance of all practices that are between consenting adults also increases the odds your child will follow your beliefs if he or she can. If you condemn a specific sexual practice, and your child has the calling to that practice, you both lose.

Tip six: For more tips and specific advice read my E-book ‘When Good Kids Have Sex’.


Sex is a topic fraught with conflict and widely diverse ideas about what is good sex and what is bad sex. Some of you will not be happy with my advice. I understand your concerns. I think we all want the best for our children and hope you will think about my ideas. Feel free to comment and let me know yours.


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Might not be a laugh for some parents, but when I saw this, I immediately thought of teenagers.

This came from Facebook Friend Papa Hemp. He is a wild one.

This came from Facebook Friend Papa Hemp. He is a wild one.

On a more serious note, when teens give into nature’s urging and “Get carried away” the joy sex should be often gets lost.  Parents need to know how to help teens find joy and not heart ache. I hope my ebook When Good Kids Have Sex helps make that more possible.

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In the chapter about sex ( of ‘When Good Kids Do Bad Things‘) you speak positively that no matter what parents’ goals are when it comes to sexual activity, they are achievable. How can you be so positive about this sensitive topic?


Because I also said, doing so would be extremely hard.  Moreover, I am not certain any modern parent living in the West can do everything that needs doing to ensure their beloved son or daughter follow the parents desired path, particularly when nature has a different agenda. Interestingly enough, the more liberal your views, the more likely your child will deviate somewhat from your teachings.

Still parental views can be imposed and followed.  This is done in many  fundamentalist religious groups where chastity before marriage is a must. Moreover, those same groups have little open same sex love. Those attracted to the same sex, suffer to be sure, but given the conditions I discuss below, parental and cultural edicts are followed. Here are the strategies these groups employ.

  1. Clearly defined rules of what is accepted and what is not acceptable behavior.
  2. A surrounding culture, including leaders, preachers, teachers, friends, family members and media who abide by all the rules.
  3. Separation of the two sexes before marriage, coupled with careful chaperoning as marriage approaches. In some cultures, however, bride and groom only meet on their wedding day.
  4. Early marriages, often arranged.
  5.  Severe public punishment for those who violate the rules.

Not my way, probably not yours.  My way with my sons and my foster children was to promote responsible sex.  I discussed those ideas in an earlier blog post.


As I have noted elsewhere on my blog, or in comments on other people’s blogs, as well as in the book, promote responsible sex.  By that I mean the following:

  1. Safe sex is planned sex. Getting swept away or sweeping someone off their feet is irresponsible sex, a cop out and the most over-used excuse for not staying in control of your emotions or your body. Lust pushes for immediate release; love can wait, love can plan. Lusty teenagers served nature’s purpose of keeping the population growing during the time when most people died before turning 3o and most babies died in infancy.  Nature hasn’t noticed yet that people are living longer and there are many worries about the world becoming over populated.
  2. Safe sex is mutually agreed upon by both parties. No lies, no false promises, no threats, no “If you love me” pushing.
  3. Safe sex does not produce babies that cannot be cared for.  If you are old enough to have sex, you are old enough to get reliable advice about contraception and protection from disease before you have sex. That is planning to have sex.
  4. If you believe in abstinence until you are married, you must take steps to keep temptation at bay.  Many leap into marriage to have sex. Doesn’t work out for many.

I also made it clear that I felt most teenagers were not ready to have intercourse.  Nature pushes them and the media pushes them, but I ran into very few, particularly girls, who were happy about being sexually active  in their teens. The younger the child, the more unhappiness seemed to attended “going all the way” as we called it when I was growing up.  In my day heavy petting was okay and that often taught us about foreplay and the pleasures of foreplay.  I worry now about what I hear happens among some groups of teens.

Sexual pleasures are a great gift; and the confusion and pulls from the extremists on either side make life very complicated for our young people.

That said, I think parents in general are doing a better job than ever in this area.  I know my mother’s idea of the sex talk was to give me a book she had been given.  It had been written before she got married. It was very technical but full of miss-information and after reading in it that masturbation was the main cause of insanity, I read no further.

So my hard core advice, know your goals, talk about sex early and without embassament or angst, but also with an awareness of age and stage; promote your values, pray to the higher power of your choice and stand by your child if he or she comes to you with problems.