Talking with Teens

Teens and Parents Talking

Research confirms what young people already know - what their parents have to say matters to teens.[1] 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.

Parents of teens agree this is one topic that can really make them anxious. Many don’t feel they have enough information. Others say they don’t really know how to talk to their children about sex because their own parents didn’t talk to them.

Talking with Teens is about giving parents (and foster parents, guardians, and other parenting and caring adults) the knowledge and skills they need to begin and maintain two-way communication with adolescents about sex, sexuality, and relationships. Here, you’ll find tips for getting the conversation started and information on important topics to help you feel ready to talk.

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[1] Albert, B. (2012). With one voice: America's adults and teens sound off about teen pregnancy. Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Retrieved June 30, 2016, from
Last updated: December 27, 2016