Talking Tips for Parents



Parents have a strong impact on whether a child makes healthy decisions for himself or herself. Research shows that parents who talk with their children about sex, relationships, birth control and pregnancy—

  • Begin to have sex at a later age.
  • Use condoms and birth control more often if they do have sex.
  • Have better communication with romantic partners.
  • Have sex less often.

The most important thing to remember during the conversation is to express your values and opinions openly and honestly and encourage your children to do the same.  Respect their opinions so that they feel comfortable talking with you.  Start the conversation early and continue it regularly.


For more detailed advice, check out these helpful resources:

Don’t forget that the Office on Youth offers parenting classes as well!  For more info, check out our Parenting page.