Every day, 10 women aged 15 and over get pregnant in our country, according to a study by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI). This great problem occurs because adolescents are beginning to have sex at an early age. They think that this is how they are showing mental maturity and independence, when in fact they are truncating their present and future.
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The psychologist Manuel Saravia points out that when a teenager is not ready to start his sexual life, he can become infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or have an unplanned pregnancy. “Many kids grow up physically fast, but psychologically and emotionally they are still teenagers and think like one”, adds the specialist.
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GIVE HIM TOOLS
Parents cannot stop their children and tell them NOT to start life.xual. If they do, it will be a nonsense because the child will become more infatuated and even more so. Saravia recommends giving the children the necessary tools so that they themselves, without manipulation or pressure, decide if it is time to do it or not.
HOW DO YOU DO IT?
♦ Maintaining a constant dialogue with them on various topics, especially sexual. If you are embarrassed or don’t know what to say, find out. Search for articles on the internet, ask a trusted friend or family member for guidance, or seek professional help.
♦ Avoiding judging, criticizing or making fun of what your son or daughter tells you. He may say, ‘Mommy, my friend says she already had sex.’ Don’t scream in the sky and shout: ‘My God, she’s still so little!’ Change it to: ‘Daughter, what do you think of that? Do you think it’s okay?’
♦ Telling you the consequences of having an irresponsible sex life. It’s not about demonizing sex and scaring them out of it. On the contrary, it is so that they are informed.
IF YOU ALREADY STARTED …
Advise him to always use protection (condoms such as a condom) and to be cautious. It’s okay to try to explore your sexuality, but you shouldn’t overdo it either.
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