Parent Resources

Parent Resources

Advocates for Youth (1)

  • Talking with your sexually active teens about contraception
  • Importance on parent-child communication to help child understand your beliefs, values, and expectations
  • Know the current literature on STI’s and contraception options (understanding that these change regularly)
  • Avoid assumptions (about your child’s sexual knowledge, your child’s sexual orientation, or assuming there is only vaginal intercourse)
  • Encourage teen to do their own research on contraception options and possibly make pro and con list to go over with parent
  • Knowing that not all birth control protects from STI’s
  • Discuss sexual coercion and dating violence
  • Identify other resources (doctors, other adults to talk to)

Advocates for Youth (2)

  • How parent-child communication can impact health, achievement, and self-esteem
  • Communication improves contraception and condom usage
  • Parent-child communication by race/ethnicity may vary, but all parents are a crucial source of sexual health information for all youth

American Sexual Health Association

  • The crucial aspect of parents needing to shows respect, value, and love towards the child
  • Most important part is to listen
  • Continue to learn for yourself (be prepared)


  • “This fact sheet offers practical actions for parents to help strengthen their efforts to engage positively with their teens and to have meaningful discussions with them about sex.”
  • Importance of talking about sex and healthy relationships
  • Talking with your kids about sex does make a positive difference
  • Do not assume your child is getting all of the proper sex education from school
  • Avoid overreacting
  • This is not a one-time talk
  • What topics you should go over with your child (relationships, communication, factual information, protection, ect.)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Learn how to handle common parenting challenges through interactive activities, videos, and more.

Children Now

  • Figure out what you already know and what you don’t know (need to learn)
  • Know your values and beliefs
  • Start talking early
  • Use age-appropriate information
  • Help them understand their bodies
  • You don’t have to have someone of the same sex as your child do the talking (a mother should still be able to talk with her son about sex-related topics)

Family & Youth Services Bureau

  • Quick  facts about parent-child communication
  • Strategies for incorporating parent-child communication topics

Kids Health

  • Growth & Development
  • Sexual Development
  • Abstinence
  • Birth Control
  • Condoms
  • Understanding Early Sexual Development

Office of Adolescent Health

  • Resources for Families


  • Statistics on teen sexual activity rates (myth vs reality)
  • Importance of parent/teen communication (especially about sex)
  • Values
  • Parents can provide accurate information, unlike if a teen was getting their information from a peer
  • Other support resources (sex education and medical care)

Shoulder to Shoulder

  • Timing of conversations
  • Be prepared
  • If you are embarrassed by the conversation or question, say so
  • Don’t try to use current lingo/slang
  • Be clear about your values
  • Initiate the conversation
  • Be aware of hidden meanings of your child’s questions

Sutter Health: Palo Alto Medical Foundation

  • Parents are the most important sexuality educators for their children
  • No parent needs to be an expert on sexuality to have meaningful conversations with their children
  • Talking with your child about sex does not lead them to have sex sooner
  • What topics to talk about (reproductive anatomy, pregnancy, intercourse, birth control, ect.)
  • How to not alienate your teen (values, beliefs, don’t preach, ect.)
  • Keep the conversation going (this is not a one-time talk)
  • Sex in the media

Talk with Kids (Nickelodeon)

  • Talking with your kids about tough issues (e.g. bullying, alcohol, racism, HIV/AIDS, etc.)

Talk With Your Kids

  • Talk With Your Kids Timeline + Tips

The National Campaign (1)

  • Parents influence teens’ sexual decision making

The National Campaign (2)

  • How Parent Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy