Having "The Talk"

According to many scientific surveys and studies, American parents and their adolescents overwhelmingly agree that sexual issues should be taught in the home. However, over one-third of adolescents recently surveyed say they have never had a helpful conversation about sex with their parents. 1

If you were a parent taking part in this survey which category would you fall into? Many parents plan to talk about sex with their children but somehow just never manage to bring up the subject. They often fear their children know more than they do and feel unprepared or even unqualified to discuss sexual issues. The reality is, your child will learn about sex, either from you, or from someone else.

1. The Cautious Generation?: Teens tell us about sex, virginity and "The Talk" National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. April 2000.

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