Booklet addresses teens’ questions on sex
Dear Abby: When I was a teen, my mother gave me a copy of your booklet “What Every Teen Should Know.” She left it on my bed for me to read at my own pace, and let me know that I could come to her if I had any questions.
For years that booklet served as a reference guide for me. I also lent it to many of my friends whose parents were not so forthcoming. Being informed and not believing urban myths made a big difference in our decisions.
I now often work with teens who have received no comprehensive education about sex, drugs, or the impact of decisions they make during adolescence. Your booklet remains an important tool in these kids’ educations. I encourage all parents, grandparents and relatives of teens to keep a copy handy. — Kristen Woytonik,
Dear Kristen: Thank you for your endorsement. Today many teenagers engage in adult activities at a much earlier age than those of previous generations. That’s why it is so important for parents to take the initiative and discuss alcohol, drugs, sex and family values with their children well before nature takes over and they start experimenting.
My teen booklet contains answers to commonly asked questions such as: How old must a girl be before she can get pregnant? Can a girl get pregnant the first time she has sex? What time of the month is a girl 100 percent safe? How old must a boy be before he can father a child?
To order “What Every Teen Should Know,” send your name and address, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds) to Dear Abby, Teen Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are included in the price.
My teen booklet also contains information on date rape, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. It has been distributed in doctors’ offices and used to promote discussion by educators and religious leaders, and is often used by parents who find it difficult to discuss sex with their children.
Dear Abby: My niece is being married — again. This will be No. 5. What kind of gift would you suggest? I am out of ideas, as I’m thinking she already has everything. The wedding is in a few months. Help!
— Stumped in Reno
Dear Stumped: After the second or third wedding, one would think the marriage would be a quiet, low-key affair. And because you have already given her four wedding gifts, what you should send her is your good wishes for a long and successful marriage.