“Everybody needs to be treated with worth, and sexuality is a reflection of that.” Make them responsible You can talk to your child about birth control and make sure your daughter gets the HPV vaccine, but making sure your child has safe sex and is also emotionally prepared for it comes down to trust.“As the parent, you have to let them know that you do trust them, but they also have to live up to their responsibility of being very cautious,” Gardere said.Dating after divorce can be tricky, but if you take your time and navigate the right way, it can be a win-win for everyone. I dated my boyfriend (now my husband) for six months before I introduced him to my children.I had to be sure he would be in my life in for a long time. I had a pool party with about four adult guests, him being one of them. We did about five more group outings before he came to do things with just me and my two children.So how can you make sure your kid isn’t sexting his or her latest crush? “As much as you would like to have control of the situation, you don’t,” Wiseman said.“You’re not going to be sitting there when your child receives or sends a picture.” So aside from confiscating cell phones, talk with your kid about what your family’s values are when it comes to technology in the hopes that he or she will make the right decision.Set the rules together Although you already know what the rules will be about dating, curfews, parties and driving, it’s important to negotiate them together. “Empower them to be part of the decision making process, and they’ll follow it more,” Gardere said.Teach appropriate social media behavior About 4 percent of teens have sexted a photo or video of themselves and 15 percent have received one, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
You finally meet someone you really, really like and want to introduce him to your kids. It's the respectful thing to do if you have a good relationship with him. Here are a few ground rules for introducing a new love to your children. A group setting allows children to feel non-threatened. Go Slowly: Remember, you might be in love, but your children need time to get used to a new situation. I had to take him aside and say, “I am so glad you like him!We slowly began doing fun kids things with just the four of us.We waited another four months before we showed any affection (hand holding, kissing) in front of them.So take stock of how you and your spouse treat each other and be a role model for your kids.Have the sex talk early Most parents talk to their kids about sex at 11 or 12 years old; yet by this point, most kids already know what sex is.