Talking with Teens
Teens and Parents Talking:
Research confirms what young people already know—what their parents have to say matters to teens. That's why parents play a powerful role in helping adolescents make healthy decisions about sex, sexuality, and relationships. But if you think talking to your son or daughter about sex is tough, or it makes you nervous, know that you're not alone. Lots of other parents feel the same way. MORE »
- Don't wait for your teen to ask you about sex. You might need to take the first step to start the conversation.
- Car rides can be a perfect place for one-on-one conversations because you have each other's undivided attention – at least you are "stuck" together for a few minutes.
- Movies or TV shows that feature content about sexual relationships are good icebreakers for conversation.
- Listen more than you talk.
- Try to have meals together as a family as often as possible, and use the time for conversation.
Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Conversations
Talking about sex, sexuality, and relationships can pave the way for conversations on related topics ... and vice versa. Teens face many pressures, including those related to using alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, and more.
Don't try to tackle THE TALK! It isn't a one-time conversation. Instead, use everyday occurrences to jump start conversations with your teen.