Positive Parenting Practices

African American Daughter and Mother Looking at laptop computer

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.

A list of parenting practice topics and their associated protective factor focus.
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
Supporting One on One Time with a Healthcare Provider Learn ways parents can help teens build trusting relationships with healthcare providers to talk about sensitive issues such as sexual and mental health, substance use, and safety from bullying