Here are some suggestions from The National Campaign that we think might be helpful in conversations you should have with your sons and daughters.
First and foremost- you matter more than you know.
Remember it matters what you do, not just what you say.
Who's in charge?
How to deal with pressure.
Be respectful and talk honestly about relationships.
Remember, it's not just what's "safe", it's what's right.
Let them know you are on call 24/7.
To circle back to where we started-teens really do want to hear from their parents about relationships, even if they do not always act like it. And it’s never too late (or too early) to start these conversations – there are appropriate messages and conversation-starters for every age group. Make sure that your sons and daughters know that you are always there for them, that you always have a sympathetic ear, and that no topic is off-limits. Never underestimate the great need that children feel-at all ages”for close relationships with their parents and for their parents’ guidance, approval, and support. This may mean some extremely awkward or difficult conversations. It may mean resisting, with all of your willpower, the urge to cover your ears and pretend your child did not just ask you that question. But know that it’s just as awkward and difficult for them to broach the subject as it is for you to hear it. Address their concerns and questions with respect and sensitivity and, over time, both you and your teen will become comfortable having these conversations.