Tips for Parents!

Hey Parents! Your kids dread “the talk” just as much as you do! Instead of waiting until your kids are teens, start when they are young and keep the conversation going as they grow older. It’s never too late to start the conversation!

Did you know…

Teens say parents most influence their decisions about sex.

Seven in ten teens agree it would be much easier for them to postpone sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents.

Six in ten teens say that when it comes to talking about sex, parents send one message to their sons and a different message to their daughters.

Be clear about your own sexual values and attitudes. Kids need guidance and good examples.

Talk with your children early and often about sex—and be specific. Age-appropriate conversations should start when they are young and continue through adolescence.

Be an askable parent!

Supervise and monitor your children and teens—know their friends and their friends’ families.

Discourage early, frequent, and steady dating.

Take a strong stand on your teens dating people significantly older or younger than they are.

Help your teenager to have options for the future that are more attractive than early pregnancy and parenthood.

Let your kids know that you value education highly.

Know what your kids are watching, reading, and listening to. Use those things to open up the doorway to conversation.

Ask your kids how they feel about teenage pregnancy.

Here’s another great resource for your review! Take a look at this from the Advocates for Youth.

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