Be a Safe Space for Your Teen

Teens have opinions; they’re just looking for a safe space to express them. So be that safe space when it comes to discussions about sexuality. Whether they agree or disagree with you, the only way they’ll feel confident making their own decisions is if you reinforce their power by helping them navigate their thoughts and feelings. Ask them how they’re processing the sexual messages they’re getting in popular culture, and help them understand their options for dealing with new, sexual feelings. Share your values and be okay if your teen disagrees. Just follow up by asking them about their values.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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