Parent Tool Kit
Teens consistently say that parents - not peers, partners or current culture - most influence their decisions surrounding relationships and sex. We know that when parents talk early and often about sex with their children, and have age-appropriate conversations with them, that kids are more likely to make healthy decisions regarding relationships, love and sex.
Here are some great parent resources that can help you start these conversations with your children:
- MATERIALS FOR PARENTS, CHAMPIONS, & MENTORS by Power to Decide
- PARENTS SEX ED CENTER by Advocates for Youth
- SEX AND SEXUALITY EXPLORE TOPIC BY AGE by Planned Parenthood
- TIPS FOR PARENTS by the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Tips for Parents and Caring Adults
10 Ways to Talk to Teens About Sexual Health
that teens want to hear from their parents about love and healthy relationships.
BEGIN AGE-APPROPRIATE CONVERSTAIONS EARLY
and continue talking to your child often. The one big “Talk” isn’t enough to inform and educate your kids. Build a foundation of communication and trust at early ages.
BE AN ASKABLE PARENT,
and be honest and open. If you don’t have all the answers, that’s okay. Find out the information together by reading books and reviewing helpful websites. Sometimes, your children just want to listen.
LET YOUR KIDS KNOW
that healthy relationships include trust, respect, and kindness.
Be clear about your own sexual values and attitudes.
Be sure to share these values with your children.
such as curfew, standards of expected behavior, and respectful communication.
Help your teenager explore options
for the future. Help them set meaningful goals, and talk to them about what it will take to make those plans come true.
Take the opportunity to talk to your kids about sex and healthy relationships
through everyday moments. Know what your kids are watching, reading, and listening to. There are dozens of messages about love and sex all around us – take advantage of these to start a conversation.
Help your teenager think of key features and attributes they want in a significant other
and in a relationship. Take time to talk about positive relationship role models (if age appropriate). Teens want to be proud of who they are dating and feel confident introducing you to them.
Remember, when teens are able to talk with a parent
or other caring adult about sex, they are less likely to engage in early and/or unprotected sex.