They listen to music that glorifies making love and relationships. They go through puberty and discover new sexual urges.
It is in these years many teens have their first sexual experience. To make it to twenty as a virgin has become today's rarity. There is a new growing movement of abstinence that is sweeping the country. Yet, until this becomes the norm, teens need parental guidance like never before. You may not be able to prevent your teen from becoming sexually active. But you can ensure they understand the benefits and the consequences.
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