The Kaiser Family Foundation and Children Now have launched a national campaign
to encourage and give parents tools to talk to their kids early and often about
tough issues like sex, drugs, alcohol, AIDS and violence Their site offers a
checklist of "10 Tips for Talking With Your Kids About Tough Issues." In
addition, each of the five Tough Issues offers a substantive list of advice
for parents. (The Kaiser Family Foundation is a national independent health
care philanthropy and Children Now is a non-partisan voice for America's
This site collects many short articles written by child-rearing experts
designed to help parents. Type in 'teenager' or 'adolescent' in the search
area to find articles listed under individual categories such as: "Talking
About Sex," "Keeping the Lines of Communication Open," "Tips on Communicating
with Teens and Adolescents," "Privacy, Stress and Setting Limits," "Dealing
with Divorce," and "High School and Beyond."
This organization's goal is to prevent teen pregnancy by supporting values and
stimulating actions that are consistent with a pregnancy-free adolescence. The
"Tips For" section offers: "Tips for Parents," "Tips for Parents From Teens,"
"Tips for Teens From Teens," and "Tips to Help Faith Leaders and their
Communities Deal with Teen Pregnancy."
Here's a list of books and booklets including, "How to Help Your Kids Say 'No'
to Sex," "How to Talk to Your Child About Sex," "How To Talk So Kids Will
Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk." This material is also part of the
Campaign Against Teen Pregnancy site.
This survey found that kids in families who talk openly about sex and
relationships are more likely to say they would turn to a parent first if faced
with a crisis. Read more details about this interesting survey and examine
related charts and graphs which go with it. (The survey was conducted by the
Kaiser Family Foundation and Children Now.)
This is the site of New York University's Child Study Center. Its staff offers mental health services for children and families, focusing on early diagnosis and intervention. The "Parenting" and "Is My Kid OK?" sections contain advice for parents--for example, how to handle violence, and concerns about a child's friends and friendships. The site also gives a rundown of different parenting styles, and a section on "Matching Parenting Styles/Children's Temperaments."