If you're a parent of a teen, you know it is a very different world today. You have hopes and dreams for your children, as well as concerns. The good news: you have a lot more influence than you think, and there are resources to help! Click the links below for more information.
If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," then the parent section of Kids Health is the go-to place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior and development from before birth through the teen years. One of the things that makes KidsHealth special is that it's really four sites in one, with sections for parents, for kids, for teens, and for educators.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation. In conversations with young people about sex and pregnancy -- the dreaded "Talk"-- parents too often leave out one of the most important topics of all: healthy relationships. The National Campaign provides some suggestions to help parents with those conversations.
Parent's Sex Ed Center is sponsored by Advocates for Youth which champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.
Instead of focusing on what’s wrong with kids, Parent Further uses a positive, strength-based approach to parenting that focuses on what’s right with kids (and parents), and the small, everyday steps that parents can take to help kids be successful in the future.
For 15 years now The National Campaign has asked teens from all over the country a fairly simple question: If you could give your parents or other important adults advice about how to help you and your friends avoid pregnancy, what would it be? Talking Back: What Teens Want Adults to Know About Teen Pregnancy shares the answers they heard most often.
Talking With Kids About Tough Issues is a national initiative of Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation to encourage parents to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol and drug abuse.
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy's Healthy Teens OK! shares 10 Tips for Parents to Help Their Children Avoid Teen Pregnancy.