Interesting article out today in Time by Alice Park entitled Parents' Sex Talk with Kids: Too Little, Too Late.
The article reviews recent research that suggestss that parents, if they ever do have "the talk" with their children, often do it too late. From the article:
The sex talk is never easy. It's not comfortable for anyone involved — parents are afraid of it, children are mortified by it — which is probably why the talk so often comes after the fact. In the latest study on parent-child talks about sex and sexuality, researchers found that more than 40% of adolescents had had intercourse before talking to their parents about safe sex, birth control or sexually transmitted diseases.I wonder if Christian parents struggle with this more than others? I lecture over human sexuality every semester and before the lecture I ask 400 undergraduates how many of them had never had "the talk" with their parents. Every semester about 50% of the students raise their hands.
That trend is troublesome, say experts, since teens who talk to their parents about sex are more likely to delay their first sexual encounter and to practice safe sex when they do become sexually active.