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October is Let's Talk Month

October is Let's Talk Month!

Let's Talk Month is a national public education campaign to encourage open and honest parent-child communication about sexuality and other sensitive issues. Such discussions can help young people delay sex and avoid unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Research shows that young people prefer their parents to be their sex educators, rather than peers and the media. Young people need information, guidance and open discussion with their families to make healthy decisions about sex. For this reason, Let's Talk Month emphasizes the parent's role in helping children to develop healthy sexual attitudes and responsible sexual behaviors.

Parent-child communication is important at any stage in a child's life to give children and teenagers the tools they need to understand their bodies. Parent-child communication also allows parents to share their values and expectations about sexuality and sexual behaviors.

Often times, parents feel uncomfortable discussing sexuality with their children. If you would like help in starting a meaningful conversation with your child, resources are available. In recognition of Let's Talk Month, parent-child communication packets are available at the Calvert County Health Department.

For more information, contact the Calvert County Health Department Reproductive Health Program at 410-535-5400.

 

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