Whether we like it or not, many teens are having sex. Parents of sexually active teens can make a difference for them. Here are some questions parents who know that their teens are sexually active — or those who suspect their teens might be — commonly ask. Teens who have positive and supportive relationships with their parents benefit from it. But we can still help them make good decisions about their health and relationships.By the age of 19, seven out of 10 teens have had intercourse. First, we need to be as loving as possible when we learn that our sons or daughters are having sex. So it can take courage for teens to be open with their parents about having sex.

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The most important thing for us to do is to listen, no matter how we feel about what we’re hearing.

Once it’s out in the open, parents can make a difference.

We can help our teens think about their relationships.

We can talk with them about the relationship responsibilities they have.

Here are some questions we can ask our teens to help them figure out if their relationships are healthy: We can discuss these questions with our sons or daughters and encourage them to discuss them with their boyfriends or girlfriends. Anyone who can honestly answer “yes” to all of these questions is probably in a healthy relationship.

We can help our teens understand what unhealthy relationships are like.They are about the lack of communication, respect, trust, fairness, honesty, and equality that mark healthy relationships.We can encourage them to always use birth control and practice safer sex.And we can reassure them that we will continue provide loving homes and work to build and maintain a good relationship with them.We can help our teens understand what goes into healthy relationships.We can help them to expect good communication, respect, trust, fairness, honesty, and equality.