What do you mean talk about sex? I already explained the birds and bees! Aren’t my kids too young? What will I say? HELP!
It’s not always easy to talk about sensitive topics like sexuality and relationships, but it is always important. Luckily there are a lot of resources out there to help you find the information and support that you need. Your family depends on you for information about your beliefs, values and expectations related to sexuality. And research shows that young people who feel connected to their family and clearly understand their family’s values concerning sexuality are more likely to avoid risk-taking behaviors; like early sexual activity.
So take time today to think about what messages you want to share with the children in your life. Create an open environment to share your thoughts and listen to theirs. Use the resources below if you (or your child) need more information. And remember, START TALKING TODAY!
- Communicating with Children about Sex: General Tips
- Parent-Child Communication: Promoting Sexually Health Youth
- Facts to Share with your Teen about…
- Tips for Talking about Contraceptives
- Commonly Asked Questions by Young Children
- Commonly Asked Questions by Adolescents
- Parents as Sexuality Educators Bibliography
- Parents as Sexuality Educators Websites
- Resources on Parent-Child Communication
- Understanding Sexual Orientation
- What MN Parents Want
- MN Adolescent Sexual Health Report 2003
- What is Let’s Talk Month?
- Sexual Violence Resources
- Talking With Your Child With Developmental Disabilities
- Research fact sheet
Talking with Kids
Can We Talk?
It’s Your Sex Life
Advocates For Youth – Parent Ed. Center
MN Teen Health
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
It’s Up to Me
CFOC Parent Resource Center
Say Not Yet
Información en español: ¿Conversamos?
Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign
Shoulder to Shoulder is a campaign for Minnesota parents of teens. They provide real advice for real parents about how to navigate through the teen years, and by connecting parents together to share stories and swap tricks of the parenting trade. Find out what is going on with other Minnesota parents of teens by visiting their website.
MN STD and Family Planning Hotline: 1-800-78-FACTS.