I am the mother of seven children. Three teenagers, and four smaller children. I have found myself facing questions that I am not sure I myself know the answer to. I have spent time talking with my children about sex, about making the best decisions in life. However, I cannot be with them every moment of the day.
I have had the condom talks with the boys. I have made it clear that there is not only unwanted pregnancy to fear but also diseases that can harm or even kill them. I have talked to my daughter about the same things, but in a different way. It seems that there are double standards even for parents.
If there were a pill or shot that I could get my boys to avoid an unwanted pregnancy I would do so. However with my daughter I feel that putting her on birth control may be giving her the go ahead to have sex. One part of me wants to protect her from herself during the hormonal part of her life. The other wants to hope that she will make the right decisions.
What is your opinion on the matter. Should parents put their teenage daughters on birth control? I welcome any insite into the matter.