On its website, the Mayo Clinic suggests turning the topic into a discussion rather than a presentation.

Be sure to get your teen’s point of view and let your teen hear all sides from you. Talk about questions of ethics, values, and responsibilities associated with personal or religious beliefs.

If you’re feeling unsure about how to teach your teen to distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy relationship, or if you would like additional resources on the warning signs of relationship abuse or promoting positive relationships, consider visiting

Loveisrespect is a nonprofit organization that works to educate young people about healthy relationships and create a culture free of abuse.

It’s a struggle to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it.

These conversations and decisions only become more challenging when the time comes for your teen to start dating.

It is important to set expectations and boundaries you have now regarding your teen dating rather than defining them through confrontation later.

Let your teen know any rules you may have, such as curfews, restrictions on who or how they date, who will pay for dates, and any other stipulations you might have.

While it may be tempting to skip this conversation, it’s in everyone’s best interests to talk to your teen about sex.

Ask yourself whether you want your teen to hear this information from you or someone else.

Its website offers a wealth of information for teens and parents and provides 24/7 support via phone, text, or chat.