Maybe you even have a date planned. Imagine both of you sitting near each other. There is a sudden pause in the conversation, and you know that you should say something now, but your brain seems to have stopped working. All you can think of is some boring question or stupid comment, but nothing interesting or good enough to actually say out loud. You can barely even remember your own name at this point, let alone an appropriate thing to talk about.
How to Talk to Teens: 3 Ways to Get Your Teen to Listen
E-cigarettes are only the latest entrant into the longstanding category of perils we might wish for our teenagers to avoid. Vaping — using an electronic cigarette to inhale vapor infused with flavor, nicotine, both or neither — holds promise as a path away from the harms of conventional cigarettes. But a report released last month by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found evidence that vaping might prompt teenagers or young adults to try cigarettes, making it a route toward smoking for a generation of teenagers whose cigarette use is at a year low. Vaping is generally understood to be less risky than smoking.
Talking to your children about sex is not comfortable. It is not easy. For most parents, the "birds and the bees" talk is one they dread. Yet, take a moment to think about what your child would learn if he or she did not hear it from you. With AIDS, STDs, pregnancy, and more all traps of a sexual world, it is important for teenagers to be educated about sex - and not just about abstinence.