Your Bratty Kid Is More Likely To Get an STD
New research confirms it: kids with boundaries have safer adult sex lives.
By. Leigh Lumford
As a parent, maybe you follow the construct that nurture has little effect on nature. And if Johnny has a temper tantrum on the subway, your response is, “He’s just expressing himself.” Besides your offspring being a burden we all must tolerate, it turns out you’re raising the chances that your kid will contract a sexually transmitted disease or infection later in life too.
New research from the University of Washington suggests that behaviors that often lead to STDs can be curbed long before adolescents become sexually active. Risky behavior carries over as we get older. Here's a scenario: if you've never experienced the delayed gratification of waiting for dessert time for your ice cream because Mommy and Daddy always gave you exactly what you wanted when you wanted it, why would you delay sex a few minutes to grab a condom from your nightside table? Two thousand participants were surveyed about their earliest sexual experiences and what kind of upbringing they experienced. Not too surprising that children who were engaged in school, had good friends and parents who established a structured home life, were less likely to contract gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis or HIV later in life.
The research didn’t suggest creating a military state. However, moderate monitoring, rules, discipline and rewards for children could do wonders for their sexual development and know-how. After spending millions of dollars on abstinence training, Marina Epstein, Ph.D., the lead on author on the study suggests a new perspective, “Most teenagers do end up having sex, and we would be better off spending that money preparing them to make healthy and responsible choices.”
Considering half of the new cases of STDs are from the 15-24 age demographic, maybe some more prevention is in order. So the next time your little darling is throwing her spaghetti across the restaurant, consider that this might be a good time to start active parenting in order to save her from an itchy or inflamed future.
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