10 Tips for Parents :: TIP 7

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 SEVEN.

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SEVEN

Help your teenagers to have more options for the future that are more attractive than early pregnancy and parenthood.

The chances that your daughter or son will delay having sex, pregnancy and parenthood are significantly increased if their future appears bright. This means helping them set meaningful goals for the future, talking to them about what it takes to make future plans come true, and helping them reach their goals. Tell them, for example, that if they want to be a teacher, they will need to stay in school in order to earn various degrees and pass certain exams. It also means teaching them to use free time in a constructive way, such as setting aside certain times to complete homework assignments. Explain how becoming pregnant-or causing pregnancy-can derail the best plans; for example, child care expenses might make it almost impossible to afford college. Community service, in particular, is a great way for students to learn job skills and can also build a life-long support system for teens with a wide variety of committed caring adults.  

"Seven in ten teens agree it would be much easier for them to postpone sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, and honest conversations about these topics with their parents."


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