Teenage Pregnancy: How to talk to kids about it.

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The last thing most parents want is for their child to have an unwanted pregnancy. And the last thing most teens want to do is talk about sex and teenage pregnancy with their parents. But regardless of how uncomfortable it might be for either party, it’s very important for parents to develop good, healthy conversations with their kids about sex. 

Research has consistently shown that the more education and knowledge teens have about sex, the more likely they are to make better decisions. Even if your teen is reluctant, we encourage you to keep trying to talk about teenage pregnancy. And the best place for kids to learn about safe sex, respect and consent is at home.


If you don’t talk to your kid about sex and teenage pregnancy, they’re likely to get information from unreliable sources such as friends and the internet.  If you just don’t feel like you’re getting through, perhaps there’s a third party such as an Aunt or Uncle who can do the job. That’s the topic in this Tips on Teens:

“Our sixteen year old son has been in a relationship with a girl now for about three months. We found out a few weeks ago that he’s sexually active, and we’re terrified he’s going to get the girl pregnant. We tried talking to him about using condoms and being responsible, but he didn’t really seem to take it seriously and kind of blew us off. How do we make sure we’re getting through to him?”

Clinical Director Kent Toussaint answers your parenting questions every Wednesday at 12:00pm in our weekly segment Tips On Teens on Facebook Live. Have questions about parenting kids and teens? Send them to: TipsOnTeens@TeenTherapyCenter.com. We love to hear from you!

Head on over to our Facebook page every Wednesday at 12:00pm to watch LIVE!  Check out our page here – https://www.facebook.com/TeenTherapyCenter/

If you have more questions or would like more information, please contact our Clinical Director, Kent Toussaint at 818.697.8555.