How do you ensure your child will make safe and responsible choices? Have honest conversations that allow them to hear your beliefs and points of view.
It’s a common myth that children don’t want to speak to their parents about relationships and sex, or listen to them when they do. Studies show that children will delay having sex when parents provide quality information and advice.
Bottom line: Your child respects your opinion and wants to hear what you have to say. Take this opportunity to break down communication barriers and build closeness with your child.
Where do they get their info?
Many sources influence your child’s perspective on relationships and sex. Sources can include siblings, cousins, friends, movies, games and internet searches. If you’re not talking to them about relationships, sex, and their options, chances are they will get their information from someone or somewhere else, which can be inaccurate and conflict with your values.
By initiating conversations, opening the door to candid discussions and—more importantly—showing a willingness to listen, you can ensure your child gets accurate information about healthy relationships, sex, and how to protect themself.
Families need to talk
Speaking to your child about relationships and sex is never easy, but it is necessary. Though it may seem intimidating, Families Talking Together educational sessions for parents will empower you to break down barriers and start having ongoing conversations with your child about relationships, sex, protection, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and other topics related to their health.
Our sessions are held one-on-one, but we can also offer small group workshops. Each type of session comes with its own set of benefits. One-one-one sessions allow you to speak more in-depth about your child. Small group sessions are valuable in that other parents may ask questions you may not have thought of. Whichever option you choose, you will walk away empowered to tackle “The Talk” with your child.