Speaking to your child about relationships and sex is never easy, but studies show that children will delay having sex when parents provide quality information and advice.
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Utah is offering a program designed to support effective parent-adolescent communication among family to delay teen sex.
Families Talking Together is a family-based program designed to help caregivers overcome the barriers of taking with their teens about sex.
“We have high rates of teen pregnancies, especially in Box Elder County,” said Jenny Schulze, Boys & Girls Club Chief Operations Officer. “Unfortunately, Tremonton has really high teen pregnancy rates and has for years. We want to change that. We want all of the young people in Box Elder and Cache County to have strong futures and that’s why the Boys & Girls Club is running this program.”
Families Talking Together offers, among other things, a workbook that “provides some pointers, tips and icebreakers for parents” to sit down and talk with kids about sex, according to Schulze.
Information provided in the workbook suggests that thirty percent of teens have had sex by 9th grade and more than 60 percent of teens have sex by 12th grade.
Studies show that parents who talk with their kids about not having sex lessen the chances of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and school dropout.
“Parents will have influence over their kids when they sit down and talk to them about sex and encourage them to delay having sex until they are ready to be parents,” said Schulze. “Right now, they need to focus on their future, going to college or getting their dream job.”
Schulze said parents should start the sex discussion between the ages of 11-15 years old.
“Our kids are being exposed to things so much sooner than we used to be,” she said. “I think because of social media, it’s all around them.”
For more information on the program, you can visit the Boys & Girls Club website here and click on the Families Talking Together link.