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Positive Parenting Practices

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Parenting a teen is not easy. Many outside influences distract our youth and add challenges to parenting efforts. Youth need adults who are there for them—people who connect with them, communicate with them, spend time with them, and show a genuine interest in them. A key parental role is helping teens understand that their health and well-being—now and in the future—are not simply a matter of chance, but a matter of choice.

By engaging in positive parenting, parents can help their adolescent make healthy choices.

Parenting Practice Topic Protective Factor Focus
Parental monitoring Learn ways parents can use effective monitoring practices to help their teen make healthy decisions and avoid risky behaviors
Fathers' influence Learn ways fathers can help their teen avoid sexual risk behaviors
Parents' influence on lesbian, gay, or bisexual teens Learn ways parents can promote positive health outcomes for their lesbian, gay, or bisexual teen
Parent-teen communication about sex Learn ways parents can have meaningful discussions with their teen about sex, relationships, and the prevention of HIV, STDs, and pregnancy

Parental Monitoring

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Teens whose parents use monitoring practices effectively are less likely to make unwise choices that can affect their health and learning. Parental monitoring works best when parents have good, open, and caring relationships with their teens.


Fathers' Influence: Helping Teens Avoid Sexual Risk Behaviors

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Fathers can build a quality relationship with their teen and help influence their son or daughter to make healthy decisions. Through their involvement, fathers can offer an additional opportunity to support the health and well-being of their teens—separate from the influence of mothers.


Parents' Influence: Promoting Positive Health Outcomes for Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual Teens

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Parents play an important role in shaping the health and well-being of their LGB teen. Parents can take informed steps to promote their LGB teen’s health and help decrease the chances that their teen will engage in risky behaviors.

Talking with Your Teens about Sex: Going Beyond "the Talk"

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By talking with their teens about sex-related topics―including healthy relationships and the prevention of HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy―parents can have a positive influence on the health and well-being of their teenage son or daughter. Open, honest, and frequent discussions are key to making a difference.


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