Resources for Parents


Teens tell us they want to be able to talk to their parents about sensitive topics such as sex and relationships, and we encourage them to do so.  However,  they often tell us that either their parents don’t give them opportunities or aren’t welcoming in the conversation.  Sometimes parents lecture without listening or jump to conclusions and get upset when teens ask questions.

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Research shows that teens pay more attention to their parents’ values and guidance on these issues than they do to their friends.  This impact is strongest when teens feel closely connected to their parents.  Parents really do matter; teens really are listening!

To support and encourage parents, guardians and trusted adults to step up to this challenge, our program provides parents with a folder of materials which we pass out at school parent meetings and through health clinics and physicians’ offices.   We also teach parent classes in various settings using these materials.

We invite you to download these materials.