10 Tips for Parents :: TIP 8

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 EIGHT.

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Let your kids know that you highly value education 

Encourage your child to take school seriously and set high expectations for their school performance. School failure is often an early sign of trouble. Pay close attention to your child's progress in school and intervene early if things aren't going well. Keep track of your children's grades in school and discuss them together. Go over any corrections they need to make with them, so you will know first hand what they are learning and what they are struggling with. Meet with teachers and principals, guidance counselors, and coaches. Limit the number of hours your teenagers give to part-time jobs and sports. (20 hours a week should be the maximum) so that there is enough time and energy left to focus on school. Know about homework assignments and support your child in getting them done. Volunteer at the school, if possible. Schools want more parental involvement and will often try to accommodate your work schedule if asked. 


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