Sue Scheff: Relationship Reality and Teens

As summer is approaching teens have more spare time.  Whether they are engaging in summer parties, summer sleep overs or just hanging out, sex is a topic that many teens are in tune with.

What is your teen’s relationship reality?  Do they understand that a relationship is built on trust and respect?  It is more than going out on a few dates, it is more than spending hours on the phone or texting each other continuously.

The decisions your teen make about their relationships matter a lot – both in the short-term and in the long-term. So, Stay Teen has collected some facts, tips, and feedback from teens about what makes a healthy relationship and how to avoid an unhealthy one.

Tips for healthy relationships:

  • Just because you think “everyone is doing it,” doesn’t mean they are. Some are, some aren’t — and some are lying.
  • There are a lot of good reasons to say “no, not yet.” Protecting your feelings is one of them.
  • You’re in charge of your own life – don’t let anyone pressure you into having sex.
  • You can always say “no” — even if you’ve said “yes” before.
  • If you’re drunk or high, you can’t make good decisions about sex. Don’t do something you might not remember or might really regret.
  • Sex won’t make him or her yours and a baby won’t make them stay.

FACT: Most teens say it is not embarrassing to be a virgin. Stay Teen

Encourage your teen to take the StayTeen.org quiz today!

In South Florida, Planned Parenthood can help you educate your teens on sex and if they are considering have it. Teen Talk is targeted at discussing sex education and protection with your teens.

Be an educated parent, you will have healthier and safer teens.

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