Brochures help parents initiate talk about sexBy Times staff writer
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Editor's Note: The Citrus County Health Department and many other organizations nationwide are observing October as "Let's Talk Month," otherwise known as National Teen Sexuality Education Month. Among organizers' major goals is to draw attention to the effects of adolescent childbearing, and to highlight the importance of parent-child communication. The health department has provided several short informational items, which the Citrus Times is featuring on Mondays this month. Here is the fourth and final installment.
In observing "Let's Talk Month," the Citrus County Health Department would like to ask parents to read a brochure that could help them initiate a conversation with their children. Surveys have shown that the kinds of things teens would like to ask their parents about during an open, nonjudgmental talk are:
What should I know about my body?
What should I know about my feelings?
What should I know if I decide to have/not have sex?
What should I know about peer pressure?
What should I know about boy/girl relationships?
Talking the Talk is a brochure for teens with suggestions on how to bring up subjects that are important to them. These are available at any Citrus County Health Department office or at middle and high school guidance offices. Another brochure, How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex, is a brochure for parents to help them be effective in talking to teens. These are also available at health department offices.
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