Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May Days

Another important day in May: May 6th is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

In honor of today's important mission, I present to you a few great resources that have been created to help you talk to young people about sex.

From Planned Parenthood and their Adult Role Models program:

An article in the New York Times talks about using cell phone text messages for sex education. The article lists a variety of great online resources for teens to talk and ask important questions about sex including: Sex, etc and MySistahs.

Even Oprah had a recent episode talking about sex!


Avi said...

I like that video, but as someone who spends a lot of time around kids, I would want parents to know that it's okay if conversations don't go exactly as they do in the Planned Parenthood video.

A lot of teenagers, for example, don't really go for the heart-to-heart therapist kind of talk. They might act like they're tuning you out (but are really listening) or they might not answer your questions in a meaningful way (but it will stay with them that you were willing to ask the question). Don't feel discouraged if it doesn't feel like some life-changing moment.

Another thing to keep in mind is that, in my experience, some of the best conversations with kids (this has been true of all ages) happen when we're not looking at each other and when we're doing something else. So, for example, you could be playing with toys and talking at the same time or maybe sitting next to them and continuing to watch TV instead of looking them straight in the eye.

Kate said...

Thanks for the insightful comment. These are wonderful ideas to use in one's discussion of sexuality with a teen or child.