THE SEXEDUCATOR MAGAZINE

23Talking sexuality with your parents
Issue 23 | Summer 2013
by Gabrielle Lavoie
Today, with the nurse in the classroom, the science and technology teacher brought up the topic of contraception...

Today, with the nurse in the classroom, the science and technology teacher brought up the topic of contraception. Maïka knows she’s not ready to have sexual relations, but this class has raised many questions in her mind. She didn’t ask them at the time because she was afraid she’d look stupid in front of her friends. Once she’s back home, Maïka feels like talking to her mother about her thoughts, but she hesitates. She imagines how her mother will react and is afraid that her mom will start asking her embarrassing questions. She doesn’t know how to raise the topic of sexuality with her mother, so she decides to call her best friend Kim to talk about it with her. Maïka thinks that since Kim has had sex with her boyfriend, she’ll undoubtedly be able to answer her questions wich will be much less embarrassing.

Adolescents can feel apprehensive about discussing sexuality with their parents. The idea of doing so causes some teens to feel shy; others don’t know how to bring up the subject. Fortunately, there are communication strategies that can make such a discussion more positive and pleasant. As an educator or a professional dealing with this topic, you can help adolescents not only to find strategies to facilitate discussion with their parents, but also to understand what can impede this type of exchange. The ultimate objective is that young people benefit as much as possible from the help and support they need in the area of sexuality, whether from parents or another adult to whom they are close.
See the activities suggested in this issue
1Activity 1
Discussing sexuality with your parents: A challenge?

Reflection on the benefits to communicating with their parents about sex and the context in which these talks should take place

Educational goals:
  • Encourage teens to define their feelings and perceptions concerning discussions with their parents about sexuality.

Audience:
For secondary III to V students

Duration: 75 minutes

2Activity 2
What facilitates or hinders discussions with parents about sexuality

Group discussion about what facilitates or hinders discussions with parents about sexuality.

Pedagogical goals:
  • Know the factors that facilitate or hinder good discussions with parents about sexuality.

Audience:
For secondary III to V students

Duration: 75 minutes
3Activity 3
1, 2, 3 Go! Talking with my parent


Group reflection about strategies that can help youth begin a discussion with their parent about sexuality.

Pedagogical goals:
  • Identify strategies that enhance sexuality-related discussions with parents.

Audience:
For secondary III to V students

Duration: 75 minutes
Talking sexuality with your parents
Issue 23 - Summer 2013 - by Gabrielle Lavoie
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Positive effects for adolescents

Comfort level and openness in communication about sexuality, as seen by parents and teens

Adolescents’ needs and parents’ roles
- Needs of adolescents who are acquiring identities of their own
- Parental support and authority
- A parent who can listen and give advice, but who must also set limits

What hinders communication with parents
- Issues perceived by adolescents
- Attitudes that undermine communication
- What facilitates communication with parents

Talking about sexuality? Sure, but how?
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