Teens and the sex talk

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Many parents tell us that the most stressful conversations they have with their teen is about sex. It can be very nerve wracking. First, make sure that you cover the basics with your teenager. Use proper names for body parts and all activities. This makes sure they are not using slang. You want to start pretty young with the basics. You don't your teenager or your child to learn about sex for the first time on the playground or on the internet. Second, as they get older, especially Middle School and High School students, you can talk to them about how to stay safe. What are STDs? What are STIs? What can they do to make sure that their health is safe and they respect their body. Lastly, talk to them about sex as more than just a physical act, and more about connection. It's about building a connection with someone else. The basics, how to stay safe, and that sex is a really emotional act. You are giving your teenager a very good basic for healthy relationships throughout their life.

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Vanessa Van Petten

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Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation's youngest experts, or 'youthologists' on parenting and adolescents.  She wrote her first parenting book, You're Grounded, from the teen's perspective when she was just 17. After winning the Mom’s Choice Award in 2009, she launched her popular parenting website, RadicalParenting.com, which she now writes with 120 other teenagers to answer questions from parents on everything from communication issues to cyberbullying. Vanessa's unique approach has been featured by CNN, CBS Miami, Fox New York, Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, and many more.  She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. Her latest book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?  won the Moms Choice Award in 2012. 

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