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Kids and teens need accurate, comprehensive information in order to protect their reproductive health and futures. Studies show that children trust their parents most to give them accurate information about sex, but a report from the Guttmacher Institute finds that many parents feel uncomfortable talking to their children about sex. They say they often think someone else could do it better, or believe it might actually encourage their kids to have sex.
What can help? The report recommends programs that support parents in opening the lines of communication with their children, talking to them about sexuality throughout childhood and assessing what topics are appropriate at different ages.
CHOICES program called “The Real Deal” was designed by parent volunteers to help and encourage local parents to communicate reproductive health information to their children, along with their own values on these issues.
If you are a Memphis parent who wants to "have the talk," or better yet, open up a life-long dialogue with your kids about these issues, give us a call.
We are also looking for parents to serve as volunteer advisors and program designers. Please contact Jennifer Marshall, Assistant Director at 901-791-9384 or email@example.com, for more information or to learn how you can get involved.
Check out our REAL DEAL parent resources: