Parent Information

Parents so often hesitate to talk to their teens about the most important issues of their lives - sexuality and relationships. Lack of knowledge may lead to disastrous 'accidents' that could leave them emotionally scarred for life. Knowledge is truth and the truth about sexuality and reproductive health can empower our youth with the confidence needed to negotiate these years of development with relative ease

Puberty is a cause for celebration in a family as a child, in the context of family values and religious beliefs, passes into the adult world. Celebrating this event is an acknowledgment that they have achieved the ability to enter into non-sexual relation-ships, to live chastity, in preparation for the time they will make a life-long loving sexual commitment in marriage.

When most of your parents and grandparents were young, sex was not spoken about as it is today. Contrary to popular belief, they found that it was a bit more than "doing what comes naturally." Some parents today may still feel uncomfortable, embarrassed or inadequate when talking about sex with their children. Yet this could be a rewarding experience as learning is a two-way process. Have you talked to your children lately? It is never too early to begin, or too late to start. If, however, you still feel uncomfortable about it, call us. Family Life Educators are available to help you in this delicate, yet vital matter of sex education.

As parents “Are you able to share your own thoughts and feelings about what sexuality and what sexual intercourse means to you? As Catholics it is our belief that intercourse is a special gift which we share with God and husband/wife. This love is not just physical attraction. Our sexual relationship involves our bodies, our minds and our emotions. We open ourselves totally and trust each other to take care of the gift of oneself. Something we can only be sure of in a committed married lifetime relationship.

Sexual intercourse is more than the joining of two bodies for transitory pleasure. Where two are joined together, even for a few moments, there is always the possibility of pregnancy. There is no 100% way to prevent this except abstinence during the fertile time of a woman’s cycle.
TEENS LIKE PARENTS WHO

  • are naturally themselves
  • don't try to pretend
  • talk to them like parents
  • not mates
  • level with them, are honest
  • not hypocritical
  • stick to decisions
  • emphasise positives
  • respect their privacy
  • treat their friends well

If your teen feels good about themself and sees that you, their parent, as responsible and confident; ready to listen as they try to deal with these changing events in their life, they too will become confident and responsible; will value who they are as a person; believe that they deserves the best and know that it is worth the wait.

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