Talking to your child about love, sex and intimacy is an important part of parenting.
Remember these tips:
1. Give her the real facts … even if she says she’s heard it before and even if she’s learnt about it at school.
2. Clearly communicate what you believe … and what kind of behaviour you expect, but recognise that your child might not share your view. Starting a dialogue is what’s important.
3. Help your child rehearse ways to get out of sexually pressured situations.
For example, is she’s faced with the classic ‘If you love me, you’ll have sex with me’ line, she could say, ‘I’m not ready, and if you really care about me, you’ll respect my wishes.’