Planned Parenthood

Let's Talk Month



October is Let's Talk Month

Parents want the best for their children and teens. That means helping them with homework, encouraging their hobbies, and ...talking about sex and relationships.

During Let’s 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. This year’s Let’s Talk survey revealed that teens and parents are talking, but they're not talking often enough or clearly enough. It's important for parents to be direct, be specific, and talk often.

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.


Additional Resources

Talking About Consent and Healthy Relationships at Every Age

Healthy Relationships Bingo

Parents and Teens Talk About Sexuality: A National Poll

The Talk Show: Using TV to Talk With Your Children About Sex

Let's Talk: Tips for Talking With Your Teen About Sexuality

Let's Talk: Tips for Talking With Your Parents About Sex and Relationships

Parents and Teens Talk About Sexuality: In Their Own Words

Just the Facts: Teen Sexual Behavior and Parent-Child Communication


Resources in Spanish

Bingo Relaciones Saludables

Hablando Sobre el Consentimiento y las Relaciones Saludables en Todas las Edades

Los adolescentes y sus padres conversan sobre la sexualidad: una encuesta nacional

Datos relámpagos: la conducta sexual de los adolescentes y la comunicación entre padres e hijos

Sugerencias para conversar con tus padres sobre el sexo y las relaciones de pareja

Sugerencias para conversar con sus hijos adolescentes sobre la sexualidad

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