Teen Topics are good for Thanksgiving as parents and teens are home ... and maybe even watching the news. If not, record this segment if you have a teenager ... important topic.
Here are the questions I’ll be addressing:
- How do I stop my teen from having sex too young?
- How do I know if my teen is having sex?
- What do I do if my daughter gets pregnant, or my son gets a girl pregnant?
It’s very challenging giving general information to the masses as each family is so unique. Coaching is easy as I can ask specific questions and formulate answers to suit that family. How on earth can I give general advice to thousands of people at the same time about their pregnant teen? I can’t.
Hence, I never prepare for a media segment as would just get paralysis by analysis trying to cover all bases. Can only function last minute and splat out whatever pops into my mind when the camera’s rolling. I work best that way anyway so am sure I’ll come up with something that will help some families cope with teen pregnancy.
Here’s a tip I hope I remember to say on the news: Don’t ever tell your teen what to do with a pregnancy. Guide then, support them and love them as they need you now more than ever. Pregnancy is an adult problem and requires your teen to make an adult decision all by him/her-self. That’s the final decision I’m talking about, you’ve been there along the way to help them reach that decision. But don’t force them to do something they may regret for the rest of their life and hate you for.
I will never get into a conversation about what is right or what is wrong in this matter … it’s personal, like religion, politics, etc. NO THANKS!!!
Note: If you are worried about your teen who won’t talk to you, please get them help. School counsellors are very experienced with teens … and they’re free. I’m also very experienced with teens … but I’m not free (marketing isn’t my best thing, ha ha). I just want you to get help for your teen if you’re worried about him/her, that’s more important than pride, stubbornness, money, anything. No one who is competent in the caring field would judge, criticize or make you feel bad. We're here to help you ... that's it.
Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach
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