Women’s Health Link Parent Connect Program
Our program is designed to teach parents about how to talk with their teens about:
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), including HIV
- Pregnancy prevention through group mentoring
Sessions are lively and interactive, utilizing a curriculum that includes brainstorming, role-playing, talk circles, exercises, and games that make learning enjoyable.
The focus is entirely on knowledge, attitudes, and skills that encourage and assist young people in implementing abstinence in their relationships.
Help, my child is changing!
If you’re a parent or guardian and reading this, you’re most likely wondering how your beautiful princess grew up so fast! Yesterday, she was a little girl and today, she’s a teen. Now it’s time to have “The Talk.”
Most agree that talking with their teens about puberty or sex can be very frightening or uncomfortable
But, teens report that those whose parents who talk regularly with them about puberty or sex are more likely to delay having sex.
Additionally, teens list parents as the biggest influence on their decisions about sex.
Why is it important to talk with our teens about sex?
- 3 out of 10 American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20
- Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school
- More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from high school
- About 25% of teen moms have a 2nd child within 24 months of their first
Tips for talking with your teen about sex
- Give truthful, useful, and accurate information
- Look for teachable moments
- Spend more time listening than talking
- Get an understanding of the world our teens live in
- Understand what motivates teens
- Ask your teen’s doctor for suggestions