October is Let's Talk MonthParents want the best for their children and teens. That means helping them with homework, encouraging their hobbies, and ...talking about sex and relationships.
During Letís Talk Month each year, young people and parents are encouraged to communicate with one another about sexuality -- including relationships, bodies and body image, reproduction, gender and sexual orientation, sexual behavior, and preventing pregnancy and STDs.
Teens name parents as the biggest influence on their decisions about sex. And teens who talk to their parents about sex are more likely to wait longer to have sex, and use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do. However, last yearís Letís Talk survey revealed that teens are much less comfortable talking to their parents about topics related to sex than parents are talking with their teens. It is important for both teens and parents to know that conversations about sexuality may be difficult, but they get easier the more you have them.
Planned Parenthood is here to help you start the conversation. Watch this video to learn more.
Visit Tools for Parents for tips on talking with teens about sex and sexual health, building strong parent-teen relationships, and setting rules that help keep teens safe and healthy.
Parents, Teens, and Sex
For Let's Talk Month, we asked teens and parents ó including actors Cynthia Nixon, Elizabeth Banks, and Alfre Woodard ó about the conversations they've had with their families about sex. Here are their stories.