An Associated Press story reports that Sarah Palin didn’t know her daughter Bristol was sexually active before she learned the teenager was pregnant.
“The former vice presidential candidate told ABC’s Barbara Walters: ‘Truthfully, we were devastated.’ ”
I’m not why this should be a shocker. I don’t think most parents know if their kids, especially their daughters, are sexually active. I think teens are very adept at hiding many things – including drugs, drinking and having sex.
I know we have several regulars who have very good relationships with their daughters and talk about good communication but I think they’re unusual.
Would you know if your teen was having sex? How would you know? How could you determine it if you weren’t sure? Do you think boys are more open with their parents about having sex than girls? Is there some failing by a parent if they aren’t aware of their teen’s sexual status?