but something i've been seeing a lot around the net is people encouraging young people not to talk to their parents.
got worries about infections? omg don't talk to your parents, see your doctor in secret!
And while I know that it isn't always a good idea to tell parents about some things which may cause them to react badly, hiding things from them constantly can cause them to worry a great deal about you, and may lead them to butt into your private issues, (in a well-meaning manner, but still...)
there's this fear among many teens that their parents won't understand, or that they'll interrogate them. Just know that most parents, whether you tink so or not, will understand at least part of your situation. They were your age once too, and they had similar problems and questions. And believe me, they had a lot less information available to them.
Although many teens feel embarassed to talk to their parents, I feel that it should not be discouraged. You'll find you may be a lot less stressed if you just open up to your mum or dad or whatever, about what's bothering you.
So yeah, i'm not saying tell your parents everything, but stop worrying you guys! your parents aren't evil, and they want to help you.
At Scarleteen, we generally encourage users to be honest with their parents. For the most part, parents will listen to their children when they need help or advice, and have probably gone through similar problems when they were younger. So never will you hear an advocate encourage someone to 'see their doctor in secret' We do however, know that some people will keep sexual activity or health a secret from their folks, and tell them about privacy and confidentiality rights with regards to sexual health. By giving them a full side of what will happen in say, a PAP exam, the users can decide for themselves who to tell, and who not to.
Most of the time, I'd say parents will react better than their children think they will - if not initially, then afterwards. My parents did, and I was surprised (and gratified).
I wasn't talking about Scarleteen advocates, i was more referring to the teen's peers, and other people who post here.
I'm aware that your staff do the right thing by these kids, and it really is true that your parents get over things and try to help you as much as they can. my mum's a monster, and she was still nice to me about questions i had ^_^
In threads such as these, it is well to remember that parents know about sex. After all, they had you, didn't they? 20 years ago, sexual mores weren't much different than they are today. And let's hope your parents are still having sex!
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I don't really tell my parents about my sexual life. Why? They would probably freak out, but that's not the thing. I'm the youngest of three daughters, and even though I am 21, I'll always be the baby. I still live at home, even though I've lived outside for three years of college, so they still hold a certain amount of control (or wish they did). I get it almost every day from them: "don't be doing *stuff*" is how they referr it to. So it's really more my wish to keep it quiet, not to hide, but to keep them at peace.
Doesn't mean I don't tell anyone, though. My sisters, I have found, are good support in that area, especially the eldest.
By all means I encourage people to talk to their parents, as I am sure I would do if it really came to a crisis.
What can I say? I like my parents very much I just don't think they're ready to let go of the little one.
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My mom is a school counselor, and a coworker of hers counseled a 14 year old girl who was pregnant to tell her parents, very much so against her wishes. She finally did tell her dad, and he beat her so badly that she lost the baby and suffered permanent brain damage and paralysis on one side of her body. The father was charged with attempted murder and pled no contest.
I guess it goes both ways. The vast majority of parents would never hurt their child over reproductive or health issues, but there are the sad few that would.
I don't know about other kids, but I try to keep my sex life private just because I'd like some privacy. I'm sure my parents would be understanding about almost anything, but I just prefer to keep parents and sex separate.
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