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WV Focus: Reproductive Education and Equality

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Characteristics of Parents of Sexually Healthy Adolescents

  • Demonstrate value, respect, acceptance and trust in their adolescent children. • Model sexually health attitudes in their own relationships.
  • Maintain non-punitive stance towards sexuality.
  • Are knowledgeable about sexuality.
  • Discuss sexuality with their children.
  • Provide information on sexuality to their children.
  • Seek appropriate guidance and information as needed.
  • Try to understand their adolescent’s point of view.
  • Help adolescents gain understanding of values.
  • Set and maintain limits for dating and other activities outside of school. • Stay actively involved in the young person’s life.
  • Ask questions about friends and romantic partners.
  • Provide a supportive and safe environment for their children.
  • Offer to assist adolescents in accessing health care services.
  • Help them plan for their future.

I’m an Askable Parent

  • I will listen
  • i will start discussions about sex
  • I will listen
  • I will educate myself about sex
  • I will listen
  • I will share my values about sex
  • I will listen
  • No matter what choices my children make, I will always be there for my children.

 

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