I have two teenage daughters! They are beautiful, intelligent, and the reason I function (until which time as they leave home and I can do for me again)
|See I am so screwed!|
So I try to be a realistic as possible with my kids. Unlike so many other parents that either one think their baby would never do that or two just refuse to even discuss it all together.
- Tell your kids the truth about sex from the moment they start asking the questions. Where do babies come from? How are babies made? Why do you bleed? What is a "hard on"? Whatever the question tell them the truth no matter how embarrassed you are. This will help them realize that they can talk to their parents about anything and everything. Now I also told my girls that they could ask me anything and I would answer, but that it made other people uncomfortable, so not to talk about it at school. Once they got older they realized when was okay and when it wasn't.
- Talk about drugs. Tell them your own experiences both good and bad. Did you do drugs, which ones, what do they do to you. How they can damage your lives.
- Use their peers and others they meet as examples of what to do and NOT to do! The world is a vast array of morons and successes, and they need to be used as the poster children for their deeds and misdeeds.
- Be a parent, not a friend. Sometimes if the pit of your stomach says no, then tell them NO. They will survive, and in my experience usually my gut is right, and they agree with me later.
Okay I think that is the advise of the day, I am curious what do non insane parents tell their kids?
FYI: This was instigated by the fact that my kids are asked every imaginable question by their friends about sex and drugs because (according to the kids) their parents won't talk about these things. Do you seriously want your kids to learn about this from other kids? Or maybe you prefer the internet, television, and other media outlets? Come on grown ups!? Did your brain stop working when you had kids?