A new study that has just hit the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine suggests that abstinence programs help kids delay sex and as a result helps to decrease teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. This comes in light of the Obama administration cutting federal funding to these kinds of programs.
This program did not teach from a moral standpoint (i.e. sex outside of marriage is wrong) but from the perspective that teen pregnancy and STD’s are undesirable and the most effective way to avoid them is through abstinence. It is not “Christian” but it is a step in the right direction.
My take aways:
- Talk with your kids about sex. Talk about it openly and talk about the consequences of sexual activity.
- Talk with your kids about sex sooner than later. They need to hear it from you.
- Talk with your kids about sex from as many different angles as possible.
- Talk with your kids.
I would encourage you to check out the study and see what the program looked like and use it as a means by which to develop your own creativity in engaging your kid in conversation and dialogue about this issue.