10 Tips for Parents :: TIP 1

The SRA (sexual risk avoidance) community has reviewed research about parental influences on children's sexual behavior and talked to many experts in the field, as well as to teens and parents themselves. From research, it is clear that there is much parents and adults can do to help their children choose sexual integrity. 

Many of these ideas presented in this blog series will seem familiar because they articulate what parents already know from experience, like the importance of maintaining strong, close relationships with children and teens, setting clear expectations for them, and communicating honestly and often with them about important matters. Research supports these common sense ideas. DCO hopes that these tips can increase the ability of parents to help their children choose sexual integrity.

So for the month of October, we will be releasing blog post titled 10 Tips for Parents throughout the month! If you have somehow stumbled across this blog, today is TIP ONE.  



Be clear about your own sexual values and attitudes 

Communicating with your children about sex, love, and relationships is often more successful when you are clear in your own mind about these issues. To help clarify your personal attitudes and values, think about the following kinds of questions.

  • What do you really think about school-aged teenagers being sexually active - perhaps even becoming parents?

  • Who is responsible for setting limits in a relationship and how is that done, realistically.

  • Were you sexually active as a teenager and how do you feel about that now? Were you sexually active before you were married? What do such reflections lead you to say to your own children about these issues?

  • Do you truly believe that abstinence is the best option for your child? If so, have you made that clear to them? 

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Jordan Mather