I spent the morning updating my research for a yearly presentation I give at St. Matthews church in Schaumburg, IL. Each February I speak to the confirmation candidates regarding abstinence and honoring God in our relationships. One of the more interesting bits of information that I came across today was from the Kaiser Foundation.
94% of students who have currently chosen to remain abstinent, have done so as a result of their parent's influence.
I know it can be incredibly awkward for parents and teenagers to speak about sex and relationships, but it is also incredibly necessary. Sexual decisions are mostly influenced by parents. Either because of their involvement in the student's life, or because of the lack thereof.
My sister and I often joke about how we can quote my mom's lines to us when it came to physical relationships. I used to dread the "girls, there is something that we need to talk about" nights. I now thank God for the uncomfortable moments, humiliating conversations, and embarrassing talks that my mom and dad had with us. They empowered us to make right choices, and encouraged us to honor God, our future spouses, and ourselves.