Parents of Teens

Father and Son Talking
Communication is important for positive health outcomes in teen sexual behavior.

Our sexual health and birth control program encourages teens and parents to talk to each other. We want to help teens and young adults make educated decisions about their own sexual health. We welcome teens and parents at all of our locations.

We understand it may be hard for parents to talk with their teens about sexual health, below are some helpful communication tips and resources.

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.