Written on October 2, 2012 at 10:44 am , by Lynya Floyd
In our November “Sex Talk” feature, we offered up dozens of ways to get that important dialogue going with your kid. Looking for more conversation starters? Try these five things every teen should know about sex.
1. You’re not the only virgin. Less than half of all high school students have ever engaged in intercourse.
2. It won’t make him/her fall in love with you. Sex and love don’t necessarily go hand in hand. If you’re looking for something to bring you two closer together, consider how you’d feel if it actually pulled you apart.
3. You can get pregnant the first time. Birth control prevents the sperm and egg from meeting up—not how often you have sex.
4. Two condoms are not better than one. Doubling up condoms increases friction and decreases effectiveness. The only 100% effective form of birth control is abstinence.
5. You can tell if someone has an STI. Not always. And remember, not all sexually transmitted infections have cures and many can impact your fertility or overall health.
What do you wish every teen knew about getting intimate? Post a comment below and tell us!
Read more about having the sex talk with your teen here.
Lyna Floyd is the health director at Family Circle magazine.
Written on April 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm , by familycircle
And today is World Autism Awareness Day. If your child or someone you know is on the spectrum, check out these resources:
Funds research, increases awareness and advocates for people with autism and their families.
Addresses bullying, mistreatment and suicide prevention.
A social network connecting parents of kids with autism with 30,000 autism-friendly service providers.
Enables kids with special needs to express themselves through music, dance, acting and writing.
Links researchers with the autism community and encourages parents to get involved in scientific progress.
Plus, hear from real moms who fought for their autistic kids and taught them to be independent adults:
“How I Fought for My Autistic Son,” by Joanne Corless
“Letting Go: How I Taught My Autistic Son to Be Independent,” by Glen Finland
All month long, we’ll be posting more dispatches from the ASD community. Find them all here.
Share your experiences with autism, or raising an autistic child, in the comments below.
Heather Eng is web editor of FamilyCircle.com.