Parents of Teens

Communication is crucial for positive health outcomes in adolescent sexual behavior.

The birth control/family planning program at Tri-County Health Department encourages parental involvement!  We strive to help teens and young adults make responsible and educated decisions about their own sexual health. We have a Teen Clinic just for those 19 and younger, and also welcome teens and parents at all of our locations.

        How can parents help prevent teen pregnancy? 
                                 
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We understand it may be hard for parents to talk with their teens about sexual health, below some communication tips and resources that we think you may find helpful. 

Communication Tips

Door Openers
  • "What do you think?"
  • "That's a good question."
  • "I don't know, but I'll find out."
  • "I'm trying to understand what you're feeling."
  • "Do you know that word means?"
  • "I'm glad you told me about that."
Door Slammers
  • "You're too young."
  • "Where did you hear that?"
  • "If you say that word again, I'll …"
  • "That's none of your business."
  • "I don't care what your friends are doing."
  • "That's just for boys (girls)."
  • "We'll talk about that when you need to know.