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EXCLUSIVE: Tips On Having The Talk With Your Teens

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You've been dreading this conversation since the day they were born.

Having the s-e-x talk with your teen is the last thing you (or your teen) want to do. However, it is one of those things that as parents, you just gotta do!

Perezcious reader Betsy is having some trouble with her talk. She writes:

"I have twins, a girl and a boy aged 14. I am trying desperately to get them to listen to me about sex and hear their concerns but have had no luck! Just want to do the right thing as a mother but feel the internet is teaching them :("

Luckily, Perezitos.com's expert Dr. Karen know how to make the convo happen!

She says:

"Talking to your kids about sex is never a fun job for a mom, but is an essential one. Try to create a less threatening and embarrassing environment by bringing up the topic while doing something together-cooking, playing a game, driving on a short drive.

If possible, try to be open to hearing their questions without judgement so they feel they can talk to you in the future. For instance, if your daughter brings up her friend Ann is having sex, it would be best to allow her to ask her questions or vent her concerns and hold off on your personal feelings (I know you want to scream, she's doing what?! Are you having sex?!)

Try to allow your kids to have an open format to talk to you about whatever concerns they have."

Got any more questions? Tweet the Doc at @drkarenstewart!

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