ESSENCE.com readers share how they talk about sex with their children and why it’s more important than ever to keep it real.
Don't Pretend You Were Perfect
"It's about providing honest examples of your personal decision making at their age, talking ‘their language’ and not sugar coating anything. Explain that there is more to giving up your virginity than the possibility of getting pregnant. Discuss that there are diseases and their innocence, because at the end of the day, the game changes once you have sex. Tell your daughter you want her to have respect for herself as a young lady and to demand respect from the young man too." -- Rosita