It can’t be stated enough—parents play a critical role in the prevention of their child’s sexual risk-taking and teen pregnancy. However, it’s estimated that fewer than 15 percent of children receive a meaningful sex education from their parents.
Throughout October, North Star Youth Partnership is promoting Let’s Talk Month to promote parent/child communication. Although most parents want the opportunity to share their values and provide accurate information about sexuality, they often feel uncomfortable discussing the topic with their children. However, in the face of a media and music culture, time is of the essence to help young people acquire the information and confidence to help them make safe choices.
Although teens may appear to be bored or not listening to their parents, a study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, teens say parents are the most influential on their decisions about sex and relationships. In fact, 80 percent of the teens surveyed thought it would be easier for them to postpone sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they could have more open, honest conversations with their parents.
To help begin these important discussions with tweens and teens, North Star Youth Partnership is launching a free monthly e-newsletter. Our newsletter will keep parents, grandparents, and adults that work with youth in touch with the latest teen trends and tips on how to talk about important issues with the teens in their lives. Parents are the most important people to help their kids understand their sexuality and make wiser and more responsible decisions. So start talking and remember there’s no place like home. For more information on the parent workshops or to sign up for the e-newsletter, please contact me at 602.650.4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Program Manager
North Star Youth Partnership a program of Catholic Charities