TSP’s Awkward Conversations With Parents | E05 - “Pregnancy”
Addressing Awkward Topics with Your Teen
Bring up sensitive topics when you’re both alone and relaxed.
“Jenna, wanna sit with me for a second?”
“John, can I come in for a minute?”
Tell them you want to talk to them about something awkward or sensitive.
“You may have talked about this already in school or with your friends, but I wanted to talk to you about some of the things you’re probably going to go through in the next few years, physically and emotionally.”
Acknowledge the awkwardness in a friendly, funny way, if it feels appropriate.
“I know this is gonna be awkward, but it’s important to hear, OK?”
“This is probably the last thing you want to talk about with your dad, right? But I think we need to talk about it.”
Talk about physical changes with factual language, but don’t get too wordy or clinical.
“Your body is going to continue to develop as you get older. You might start gaining weight, or your breast size might grow, or your skin might change. All of these are natural, but they might still feel weird or confusing, and that’s OK.”
“You might start having wet dreams, or your penis might start getting hard at weird times, without your control. This might feel weird, or awkward, or embarrassing, but it’s normal, and eventually it’ll pass.”
Clearly explain the consequences of risky behaviors like alcohol, drugs, and being sexually active.
“The kids in your classes might start talking drinking or doing drugs, or you might see it happening at parties. It might not seem like a big deal, but those things are illegal, and they’re bad for you, too. I never want you to feel pressured to do them.”
“You’re probably gonna start hearing people talk about having sex. It might seem like everyone is doing it, and that you need to, too, but you should never feel pressured into it. It’s always best to wait until you’re older and in a committed relationship with a person you really love.”
“If you ever are sexually active, in any way, always remember to use protection. Take care of your body to prevent things like pregnancy and STDs.”
Remind them that all teenagers go through these things in different ways and at different times.
“It might feel like other people are developing way faster than you, or vice versa. That might feel awkward or frustrating, but just remember that wherever your body is at, is where it’s supposed to be.”
“You might want all this to speed up or slow down, but try to be patient with it. Your body is developing how it’s supposed to, so give it time.”
Let them know they can come to you with any questions they have.
“Did you have anything you wanted to ask me about?”
“Just know that you can always come ask me about this stuff.
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