Will talking to my child about pregnancy make them want to have sex?
Although this may seem like a scary conversation, it’s best not to panic.
It’s important to know that talking to your child about pregnancy or sex does not make them more likely to have sex.
The facts about pregnancy can and should be discussed alongside family values. It does not have to be one or the other. Make this a two way conversation.
Take this opportunity to discuss your expectations and your hopes for their future.
Children of parents who honestly talk to their children about pregnancy, birth control, sex, and related topics are more likely to abstain longer and are more likely to practice safer sex methods if they do become sexually active.
Remember, talking to your child about pregnancy should be a conversation and not an ultimatum. Use this time to share or find factual information pregnancy together while discussing your family values.
Don’t miss any opportunity your child presents directly by asking. If you are not ready, tell them you want to think about it, but make sure you get back to them soon.