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Resources for Families

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. If you think talking to your son or daughter is tough, or it makes you nervous, know that you're not alone. Lots of other parents feel the same way.

Talk About Relationships

Get tips on how to talk to teens about difficult subjects.

Conversation Tools

Parents matter and what they say makes a difference. Learn the first steps to having good conversations with your teen.

Talking with Teens: Just the Facts

You don’t need a Ph.D. in biology to talk to your adolescent about sexual intercourse. You just need the facts.

Talk About Alcohol

Alcohol is the most used substance by teens. Learn the important role parents can play in preventing use and negative consequences.

Talk About Illegal Drugs

If teens avoid drugs in adolescence, they are less likely to use drugs as adults. Learn some tips to get the conversation started.

Talk About Money

Don’t short change your teen when it comes to talking about money. Learn how to get started.

Talk About Online Safety

Teens spend a lot of time online. Learn how to talk to your teen about healthy habits and boundaries.

Talk About Peer Relationships

Learn how you can make a difference talking to teens about their peer relationships.

Talk About Positive Values

Teenagers develop their own values. Learn how to guide this process to help them make positive choices.

Talk About School Successes

Teens are more likely to succeed in school if parents are engaged in their education. Learn how to support teens’ learning.

Talk About Tobacco

Tobacco-free teens are unlikely to start smoking later in life. Use these tips to talk about the risks of tobacco use and address myths.
Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on July 2, 2019