Early parenthood and pregnancy is hard to handle, it takes its toll on the emotional, physical and financial well-being of a teenager. Even though studies have shown that the teen pregnancy rate has reduced considerably over the years, it is never too late to talk to your child about avoiding early pregnancy and its consequences.
You have to;
• Speak to your child at an early age on a frequent basis about self-respect, love, sex and relationships. Choose conversations appropriate for their age and comfort level.
• Try not to corner your child with one-sided questions, but make it a two-way conversation. Correct any misconceptions that she may have sensitively without ridiculing.
• Be specific while talking about contraception and disease prevention. Asking a hormonally charged teenager not to have sex does not help.
• Use real-life stories to show the teenager why parenthood at an early age is difficult. Exercise practical drills for your teenager like babysitting to help her understand the responsibility.
• Play an active role in knowing your teenage son's friends and girlfriends.
• Encourage your teenagers in healthy practices like reading and sports. Reward their achievements and help them plan a smart future with meaningful goals.
You should not be ashamed to talk all this to your son or daughter, because assuming that things are good you will be surprised or rather be embarrassed when things will be in a mess.