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Why We Need to Talk with our Kids about their Bodies and Sexuality

“Your child will hear words you don’t want them to hear and potentially see things you don’t want them to see.  And the hard truth is that you have little control over this.  What you can control is the conversation.” ~Anne Marie Miller

  • Anyone can give the nuts and bolts of how our bodies work, but with the overwhelming sexual temptation and pornography and sexual addiction running rampant, kids need to have a safe space to learn and talk about their questions with someone who cares for them.
  • There is a positive correlation between an open dialogue between parents and kids about sex and sexual abstinence. Feeling safe to talk with you also helps protect kids from sexual abuse. 
  • If you don’t talk with your kids about sex, someone else will — and the information most likely will be distorted, wrong, too graphic, addictive, or used to lure, shame, or trap our kids. Kids hear more from their friends and through the media than we realize — even at 6 years old.
  • Nearly 60% of 16-18 year old have sexual intercourse, and nearly one-third of 13-15 year olds have sexual intercourse. Furthermore, 67% of teens who have had intercourse wish they had waited.
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Statistics on Teen Sex Trends

Statistics on Teen Sex Trends:  In a recent national study, which defined “having sex” as including vaginal, anal, or oral sex, researchers found that the median age of sexual initiation to be 16 years for both males and females. By age 19, 75% of youth have had vaginal, anal, and/or oral sex [1].   Among…

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