We were scanning headlines the other day and ran across this one on Time.com: Teen Sex Not Always Bad For Grades.
What a relief! As parents, this is what concerns us about our teens having sex. “Sure,” we boast, “Hannah’s having sex, but that little highschooler is cranking out As like there’s no tomorrow!”
This study, presented at a recent American Sociological Meeting, confirmed that teens having sex while in a “serious” relationship did much better in school than teens having casual sex.
Does this mean we should be rooting for a committed relationship for our kids? Or rooting for a time machine to take us back before these gosh darn people presented their findings?
What we really fear is that our teens will find out about this and adopt it as their new slogan: Sex = Good Grades! Wootwoot!
This is a conundrum for us. Our organization supports science-based information. We applaud the study—the effort put forth to bring us this piece of information. But, we are also parents, and many of our offspring are (gulp) teenagers.
We don’t care that having sex while in a “serious” relationship doesn’t affect grades. It can affect one’s STI status, and make one a parent before the baby fat has gone from one’s cheeks.
This may sound strange but, moms and dads, if your pimply-faced darling’s grades start to improve, maybe it’s time to worry.