Talking to Your Teenagers About Sex and Dating

Talking to Your Teenagers About Sex and Dating

Our guest-host, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, is joined by her twin 16-year old daughters on the podcast for a revealing conversation about what dating and romance is really like for teenagers today. They are joined by Dr. Lea Lis, The Shameless Psychiatrist, for a candid conversation about the rise of the hook-up culture, why your first sexual experience should be special, and how parents from the 80’s need to back-off a bit and not force their own teenage experience on their kids. 

Dr. Lis shares some insights about how the pandemic has affected relationships, how to talk to teen girls about sex and prioritizing their own pleasure, as well as the shame that many feel if they’re “not being a nice girl” and how to counter it. Dr. Lis recommends teens “set expectations up front” before a situation arises.

Dr. Lis book, No Shame, Real Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence, and Health Relationships is available HERE

There’s a lot to dive into in this episode so please let us know what you think! Email your thoughts to [email protected].  And keep an eye out for the rest of this conversation when we release it on Thursday!

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It’s the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

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  • Lance Posted September 1, 2021 9:43 pm

    Nice conversation, but I think the most critical key component is missing and that’s honest open communication with anyone you are interested in, especially when it comes to sex. Such as protection, condoms, birth control, herpes, mono, HIV, HPVs, etc. Kids today, are much more advanced than the ’80s and 90’s babies due to social media and technology. And “hooking up” can be much more deadly than ever before if you are not equipped with the proper questions to ask.

  • Sarah Guertin Posted September 2, 2021 11:37 am

    Great point, Lance! In the episode we just released today, Dr. Lis talks about the importance of communication with your partner. This is a huge topic!!

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