parents of teens

Don’t quite know how to talk to your kids about sex? Is your teen pregnant? This page offers resources that can help you get a handle on the situation.

the talk

Did you know that 9 out of 10 kids would rather learn about sex from their parents? It’s true. They’d rather hear it from you than their friends, school or a TV show! It might also surprise you to hear that only 1 out of those 10 kids have actually talked to their parents about sex.

Times have certainly changed and kids are bombarded with sexual references at every turn. Chances are your child probably knows a lot more about sex than you think. But even if your child or adolescent has an expansive sexual vocabulary, it doesn’t mean he or she knows everything there is to know on the subject.

We’d like to help you overcome the fear of talking to your kids about sex by offering a few resources. The “Sex Talk” is much more than the one-time lecture your own parents might have given you. It is a topic of conversation that, ideally, should start early and continue to adulthood. However, it is never too late! Encourage your child to dream, make plans, set goals, and talk to you about these. Weaving topics of sex into everyday conversation takes some practice but your child’s health and future success is at stake here. The sooner you begin this conversation the better. GOOD LUCK!

HELPFUL LINKS:
A Parent-Parent Guide on How to Talk to Children About Sexuality
Parent & Guardian Resources from the CDC
Myths about Sex
The National Campaign
Advocates for Youth