Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Families Talking Together

A FREE parent program designed to help you have “The Talk” with your 10-14 year old.

Families Talking Together is a family-based program designed to support effective parent-adolescent communication to delay teens from having too early sex.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Help prevent and/or reduce your teen’s sexual risk behavior.
  • Help develop positive parenting strategies.
  • Teach your teen how to be assertive and refusal skills.
  • Increase positive parent–child communication.

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Face-to-face or virtual 2 hour parent sessions with a trained health educator.
  • Family workbooks (parent modules and teen materials.
  • Homework for families (parent adolescent communication activities).

Schedule a face-to-face or virtual session that is convenient for you!

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Why YOU should communicate with your teen about sex

Health risks from having sex too early

Unintended Pregnancy

  • About 50% of minority youth report getting pregnancy before the age of 20—twice the national average.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS

  • Almost half of all STIs are among youth ages 15 to 24

School Dropout

  • Teen parenthood is the leading cause of school dropout among adolescent girls

The Data: Idaho (2018)

  • In 2018, 1,177 teen girls under the age of 20 became pregnant in Idaho.
  • 67% of chlamydia cases in Idaho were of youth ages 12-24.
  • Unplanned teen pregnancies cost Idaho taxpayers approximately $39 million dollars a year in Medicaid, foster care, and incarceration.
  • 65% of Idaho High School students reported ever having sex.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

What you say really can make a difference. Parents can have a major impact on their teen’s behavior and the decisions their teen makes. Studies show that talking to your teen about not having sex decreases the chances of your teen having sex and increases healthy choices. Kids DO NOT get enough information at school about not have sex. A lot of information they hear at school or from friends may be incorrect. Parents need to talk about sex!

Have questions?

Contact Tessa Donaldson at 208-239-5252 or