Tips for Talking with Children About Sex
- Encourage communication by reassuring children that they can talk to you about anything.
- Listen more than you talk and think about what you’re being asked.
- Don’t jump to conclusions. Just because a teen asks about sex does not mean they are having or thinking about having sex.
- Give factual, honest, short and simple answers.
- Respect your child’s views.
- Reassure your children that they are normal – as are their questions and thoughts.
- Teach your children ways to make good decisions about sex and coach them on how to get out of risky situations.
- Admit when you don’t know the answer to a question. Suggest the two of you find the answer together on the Internet or in the library.
Source: Advocates for Youth, www.advocatesforyouth.org
2007 Teen Birth Rate Summary
The National Center for Health Statistics has released preliminary 2007 birth data. According to this report, the teen birth rate increased 1% between 2006 and 2007. This is the second year in a row that the teen birth rate has increased. The increase follows 14 years of continuous decline in the teen birth rate. That is, after declining 34% between 1991 and 2005, the teen birth rate has now increased 5% between 2005 and 2007.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
This 36-page booklet, Terms of Engagement: How to Involve Parents in Programs to Prevent Teen Pregnancy by Karen Trocolli, is full of helpful information.
** This information has been shared with you by Barb Flis, mother of two and creator of Parent Action for Healthy Kids.