On sex: Are you an “askable” parent?

Who should teach your child about sex? If your child had a question, who should they ask? Who do teens say influences them most when they make decisions about sex?

According to Vicki Hadd-Wissler, M.A., director of education for Planned Parenthood Arizona, studies show that the children who have frequent and open conversations with their parents about sex and sexuality have closer relationships with their parents.

Read more on how to start the conversation

Kids who talk to their parents are also more likely to make responsible decisions about sex.

Parents have the power to greatly influence a teen’s decision about sex, adds Hadd-Whissler, who adds that Planned Parenthood’s goal is to support parents in their role as the primary sexuality educator of their children.

But when your child has a question…will they turn to you?

October is “Let’s Talk” month– a chance for families to focus on getting a conversation started about sex and sexual health.

Planned Parenthood Arizona will offer two opportunities in October to help families.

Interactive Parent-Teen Workshop: This workshop provides an opportunity for parents and teens to explore their values about dating, abstinence, risk-taking, and appropriate/inappropriate sexual activities and help break down communication barriers about sex and sexuality.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

PPAZ Regional Headquarters, 5651 N 7th Street, Phoenix. (East side of bldg, 2nd floor admin door) Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: education@ppaz.org or 602-200-2195

The Askable Parent: This class, for parents only, explores how they learned about sexuality while growing up. Parents will then identify and establish goals for how they want to teach their children about sexuality. This workshop will help parents uncover “teachable moments” and initiate conversations to become a more “askable” parent.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Madison School District Office– Board Room, 5601 N 16th St., Phoenix, i 85016. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: education@ppaz.org or 602-200-2195.

 Facts about teens and sex:

  • Teens continue to say (46%) that parents most influence their decisions about sex
  • Eight in ten teens say that it would be much easier to delay sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open and honest conversation about these topics with their parents
  • Six in ten teens wish they were able to talk more openly about relationships with their parents
  • The majority of teens and adults agree that it is important that teens hear a strong message that they should not have sex until they are at least out of high school.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

The history of Planned Parenthood in Arizona dates back to 1934, when a group of socially prominent Arizona women were inspired to take action when they learned that Arizona’s maternal and infant mortality rate ranked second highest in the nation.


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