Communication

The relationship between parent and child is one of the most rewarding and challenging parts of any family dynamic.  We all desire to have healthy happy children, but sometimes it can be difficult to know how to steer our children through their tumultuous teen years.

More than 850,000 teens become pregnant each year, sexually transmitted infections are at epidemic proportions with 83% occurring among young people ages 15-25, and there is significant emotional pain that occurs with teenage sexual involvement.  No one wants their child to become a statistic; talking with youth about their sexual choices early and frequently is the most effective way of ensuring that your child has the best future possible.  Establishing open lines of communication along with emphasizing the value of abstinence will protect your child from some of the pitfalls of his or her teen years.

 

Your children want you to talk to them—and listen. Teens tell us, and studies show, that parents are the most effective teachers of sex education. It’s not merely “The Talk;” it’s more like a conversation. A favorable relationship, clear expectations, and an on-going dialogue between you and your teenager can be the most effective way of delaying his or her sexual activity, and building a lasting relationship with this emerging adult.