• Demonstrate value, respect, acceptance, and trust in their teenager children.
  • Model sexually healthy attitudes in their own relationships.
  • Maintain a non-punitive stance toward 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 teenager’s point of view.
  • Set and maintain limits for dating and other activities outside of school.
  • Stay actively involved in their teenager’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 their daughter or son plan for their future.



From Facing Facts: Sexual Health for America’s Adolescents, SIECUS, New York, NY, 1995.

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