Talking to teens about preventing pregnancy and about love, sex, relationships and values can be a tall order.
Here are a few tips to consider.
1. Be authentic. If you don’t like and appreciate teens, they’ll sense it and you won’t succeed in reaching them.
2. Be comfortable with the material. Clarify your own values first. Don’t start until you’re clear on how you feel. You can’t teach contraceptive education if you don’t believe teens should have sex.
3. Be flexible. Teens may have a lot of questions or bring up a lot of misinformation that can take your session in an unexpected direction. Be prepared to bring the conversation back to topic but always treat questions with courtesy and respect. If teens already knew all the answers you wouldn’t need to be there.
4. If you don’t know, say so and use that as an opportunity to give teens sources for medically accurate, age-appropriate information.
5. Don’t assume they feel the same way you do about teen pregnancy. Take time to discover if they think it is a problem or not first.
What do you think? If you have other tips to share, please drop them in the comments section