“What do you mean ‘talk about sex’? I already explained the birds and the bees! Aren’t my kids too young? What will I say? HELP!“
It’s not always easy to talk about sensitive topics like sexuality and relationships, but it is always important. Luckily, there are a lot of resources out there to support your needs. Your family depends on you for information about your beliefs, values and expectations related to sexuality and their decision-making. Research shows that young people who feel connected to their family and clearly understand their family’s values concerning sexuality are more likely to avoid risk-taking behaviors, like early sexual activity.
So take time today to think about what messages you want to share with the children in your life. Create an open environment to share your thoughts and listen to theirs. Use the resources below if you (or your child) need more information and remember, START TALKING TODAY!
As always, if you are looking for something specific we’re just an email or call away at 651-644-1447 or *protected email*!
Host a Let’s Talk Parent Education Event
We’re coming over!
Invite your friends, colleagues and family over to learn how to tackle the often awkward topic of sexuality in a safe and productive manner with the children in your life. You’ll have the opportunity to ask a local expert your individual questions and walk away with ideas, strategies and discussion topics. Parties can be scheduled anytime and are a great way to increase the sexual health of the teens in our communities.
- Advocates For Youth – Parent Sex Ed Center
- Campaign for our Children Parent Resource Center
- Children Now – Talking with Kids
- It’s That Easy! A Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children
- It’s Your Sex Life
- MN Department of Health – Adolescent Health Care – Resources for Parents
- MN STD and Family Planning Hotline: 1-800-78-FACTS or text 66746
- National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy – Parent Resources
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America – Tools for Parents
- Talk About Sex
- The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) – For Parents
- United Way 2-1-1 – You can dial 211 for community services in your area.
Información en español
- 2014 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report (PDF)
- 2014 Chlamydia Among Minnesota Youth (PDF)
- Advocates for Youth – Tips for Talking about Contraception (PDF)
- Communicating with Children about Sex: General Tips (PDF)
- Facts to Share with your Teens about… (PDF)
- HPV Vaccine Information
- Nickelodeon’s Talking With Kids About Tough Issues (PDF)
- Parent-Child Communication: Promoting Sexually Health Youth (PDF)
- Parents as Sexuality Educators Bibliography (PDF)
- Research fact sheet (PDF)
- Talking With Your Child With Developmental Disabilities (PDF)
- Understanding Sexual Orientation (PDF)