I’ve spoken to hundreds of parents who were completely unprepared for the anarchy of adolescence. They usually sought me out when things were on fire. Navigating an unexpected pregnancy, reeling from an abortion decision, dealing with sexual infections, or obsessive behavior.
In every single case, those parents had put off the training THEY needed to guide their child through the minefield of adolescence. “Hoping for the best” is not a strategy. These weren’t bad parents. They just kept thinking they had more time.
If what you were looking for was a book that would guide you through “The Talk” - the one where you sweat bullets for months, finally arrange that special weekend, Mom takes the girls, Dad takes the boys, you lay it all out, pray they don’t ask any tough questions and then hope to God you never have to discuss it again - this is NOT that book.
If you were looking for a book that explains how to convince a teen to use protection consistently and correctly, this is NOT that book. That book does not exist. Teens use condoms the way they clean their rooms. Always have and always will. You are fooling yourself if you think otherwise.
I wrote Raising Teens With Sexual Self-Control: A Parent’s Survival Guide because I didn’t want to watch another generation of teens fall for the same misconceptions and outright lies their parents had. It’s written so that each chapter can stand alone - in case you’re not the kind of person to read a book cover-to-cover, although I hope you will. I invite you to dive in somewhere and let me earn the right to coach you.
Karen Kropf began talking to teens about sex, love and relationship myths in 1998. It ultimately led to the founding of Positively Waiting, a non-profit organization, offering free public school presentations. Thousands of young people every year respond enthusiastically to her challenge to benefit from sexual self-control.
Raising Teens With Sexual Self-Control: A Parent's Survival Guide is Karen Kropf's second book. It's a humorous guide for parents who who are afraid their kids will ask, "Were you a virgin when you got married?"
Her first book was a wake up call to singles not to make relational decisions based on sexual chemistry, called, "Sex Makes People Stupid: How to Avoid Ending Up With a Weenie".
She and her husband still offer public school presentations, plus a variety of workshops for parents, couples and singles. They live in Southern California.read more
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